A former presidential aide to the Trump Administration threw an ugly tantrum after meeting with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump fanatics.
That meltdown, according to CNN, was heard in a livestream broadcast featuring former White House staffer Garrett Ziegler. In it, Ziegler labels the bipartisan committee of elected officials “Bolsheviks” and claims he’s being picked on because he’s a white Christian.
“They probably do hate the American founders and most white people in general. This is a Bolshevistic anti-white campaign,” he said on his Telegram social media feed. “They see me as a young Christian who they can try to basically scare, right?”
Committee chairman Bennie Thompson is the only Black member on the eight-member Jan. 6 committee, which also seats a Jewish woman, a Mexican-American male and a congresswoman of Vietnamese-American heritage.
“I have no bigotry,” Ziegler claimed. “I just try to see the world for where it is.”
CNN reports the voice is a match with that of Ziegler, who has not addressed the cable outlet’s request for comment. In that audio, which goes on for nearly a half-hour, also recorded Ziegler singling out former colleagues Cassidy Hutchinson and Alyssa Farah Griffin, who have spoken negatively about Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6. His comments about those women were said to have been “sexist” in their nature.
“I loathe these people,” he said of the congressional committee.
The Illinois native served under Trump Administration trade adviser Peter Navarro. The Jan. 6 committee is believe to be interested in what he experienced leading up to a Dec. 18 meeting in which a ragtag collection of Trump loyalists including disgraced attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell and the CEO of Overstock.com allegedly schemed to keep Trump in power, despite his being voted out of office a month earlier.
Garrett has promoted conspiracy theories of his own on Telegram, including the myth that 2020 election was somehow stolen from Trump and the attack on the Capitol was a scheme designed to malign Trump supporters. He also referred to the committee questioning himself and other Trump aides as “illegal.”
The select committee resumes hearing Thursday evening.