Like all law enforcement agencies, the Capitol Police regularly recruits and trains new officers to fill out its ranks.
This year, the need for new personnel is particularly high, since the toll that the January 6th seditious insurrection took on the dedicated police force for the Capitol grounds included one officer killed by the deadly mob, another who subsequently committed suicide, and 73 officers who sustained injuries in the attack and were at least temporarily unavailable for duty.
The arrival of a new class of graduates of the Capitol Police’s training program was, therefore, an occasion to be celebrated as the department did by posting a congratulatory tweet to the graduating class.
Congratulations to the graduates of Recruit Officer Class 211!
“Policing is a noble profession and I am proud of each of these graduates for their perseverance to achieve their goals." -Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman pic.twitter.com/PioB6xZk1K
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 30, 2021
When Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw the tweet, he was inspired to send along his personal best wishes to the graduates as well — as long as he could be seen as being publicly supportive of the force that he put into danger with his own seditious speeches supporting Donald Trump’s big lie of a stolen election, speeches that helped launch the deadly assault on the Capitol to begin with.
Congratulations to all of the new Capitol Police officer graduates!
I look forward to seeing you all around the Capitol.
I can’t thank you and your families enough for your service. https://t.co/8JoZUwlvd8
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 30, 2021
Congressman Eric Swallwell (D-CA) saw the repugnant Texas Senator’s congratulatory tweet and kindly offered a translation for those who couldn’t immediately see through Ted Cruz’s politically-manipultive intent.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 4, 2021
The California lawmaker aptly points out the hypocrisy inherent in Cruz’s insincere congratulatory message and holds the Texas politician’s feet to the fire for his continued support for Trump and his pitiful attempt to ingratiate himself with the folks who may be forced to protect our elected representatives from the next right-wing mob of crazies who dare to invade Congress.
Rep. Swalwell’s post was well received by the folks who read it on Twitter.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.