A D.C. police officer who was captured by the Jan. 6 mob at the U.S. Capitol and nearly beaten to death is calling out Republican lawmakers who are openly denying the violence that happened that day.
Officer Michael Fanone told CNN’s Don Lemon:
“I’m not interested in getting into political squabbles. I’m not a politician. I’m not an elected official. I don’t expect anybody to give two shits about my opinions. But I will say this: Those are lies. And peddling that bullshit is an assault on every officer that fought to defend the Capitol. It’s disgraceful.”
The mob, egged on by then-President Donald Trump, was attempting to stop the certification of the 2020 election and keep Trump, who lost, in power. Many Republicans have since tried to defend Trump, and they’ve canceled anyone in the party who dared to criticize him. State and local GOP bodies have censured Republicans for speaking out, and this week, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was purged from party leadership in the House for blaming Trump for the insurrection and calling out his lies about the election.
Since the attack, several GOP lawmakers have gone into full denial mode, with Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) claiming “there was no insurrection” and insisting the footage from that day looked like “a normal tourist visit.”
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) even claimed that the real victims were Trump supporters.
And Trump has said the rioters were “hugging and kissing” the police.
Video from Fanone’s bodycam broadcast on CNN ― footage he watched with Lemon ― showed otherwise. He was assaulted by the mob, beaten with a flagpole and zapped with a stun gun: