Hours later, Ziegler said without evidence that he was being targeted because of his race and released a lengthy audio file calling the investigation an “anti-White Bolshevik campaign.”
“If you can’t see that, your eyes are damn shut,” Ziegler said. The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League Noted that Ziegler’s words are “often used as code for Jews”.
“They see me as a young Christian that they can try to scare, right? And so today was just a lot to say that I am invoking my right to silence,” said Ziegler, while insisting that he is “the least racist person many of you have ever met, by the way. I have no bigotry.”
Ziegler also criticized former White House colleagues Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former White House communications director, all of whom two testified before the committee.
He used sexist and offensive slang words to describe them and said they were “just terrible”.
The audio circulated online Wednesday night after being posted by the Republican Accountability Project, a group previously dedicated to opposing Trump. The House committee plans to hold its eighth public hearing this summer on Thursday.
Garrett Ziegler, a former aide to Trump WH, lost his mind after his interview with the @Janvier6thCmte yesterday.
He accused the committee of being “anti-white” and called his female colleagues who spoke out against Trump “thots and hoes.” pic.twitter.com/S7wOdH3tY1
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) July 20, 2022
Griffin did not comment publicly but shared a Publish from ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt on Twitter, who called Ziegler’s language offensive.
It’s the kind of offensive language we typically associate with right-wing extremists, not former officials who had access to the Oval Office.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) July 20, 2022
In the clip, Ziegler said he was talking about Illinois and that he received a subpoena on April 28, but didn’t “get angry” about it. He said traveling to Washington for the hearing was “a pain” and that he found the whole experience “so one-sided” and devoid of a Republican presence. Committee members “hate my former boss and by extension me,” he added.
He added that he invoked his right to silence “more than 100 times” in response to questions from the committee.
Who is Cassidy Hutchinson?
Hutchinson appeared before the committee in late June in an explosive and lively day of testimony. She testified that Trump knew his supporters were carrying guns on the day of the riot, but urged them to come to the Capitol anyway.
She also said she cleaned up ketchup that Trump had strewn on a White House wall and pleaded with Meadows to hang up her phone and help quell the Capitol riot, among other demands. Trump called his testimony “false” and “fraudulent.” The former president also called the committee a “kangaroo court”.
Visual: Testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson during the hearing on January 6
CNN first reported news of Ziegler’s audio clip, prompting a response from him online: “Total liars! I cherish women,” he said.
Ziegler also posted on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, that the media reports were “hit songs” and “vicious” – and repeated his misogynistic slurs at Hutchinson.
Even a day after January 6, Trump hesitated to condemn the violence
Trump condemned the Jan. 6 attack in a three-minute speech the evening of Jan. 7 after aides told him members of his cabinet were discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
However, according to people familiar with the work of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, he struggled to do so.