SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY: On eve of January 6th, Republicans insult the memory of fateful day
On the eve of the second anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republicans continue to insult the memory of the heroes that defended Congress and Democracy that day.
One day shy of two years later, the D.C. bomber is still being sought, one Member of Congress is telling constituents that the deaths that day were due to ‘natural causes,’ and one hero of the day is calling them out.
Michael Fanone, who was serving as an officer of the Metropolitan Police when he was assaulted by rioters on January 6th, 2021, has been calling out the Members of Congress who have enabled and defended the attack, and who continue to spread lies and disinformation about the 2020 election.
As the House of Representatives carried out their seventh and eighth failed attempts to elect a Speaker on Thursday, he joined Courage for America to call out Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz in particular, and Republicans more broadly.
As you’ll see in the clip below, Fanone warned that Republicans will continue to obstruct and “hold our democracy hostage” as long as they are in power, reiterated the danger posed by the rhetoric and actions of some Members (including Matt Gaetz suggesting voters go armed to the polls, and Representative-Elect Derrick Van Orden, who joined rioters in breaching barriers).
He also announced that he has delivered Marjorie Taylor Greene a letter signed by veterans, service members, and their families, demanding the condemnation of political violence.
Meanwhile, another elected Representative, Troy Nehls, spoke to constituents on the street, arguing with them as they spoke of how deadly that attack was.
He insisted that all the deaths resulting from that day, with the exception of Ashli Babbitt, shot as she tried to breach a broken window after being warned to back off, were actually from ‘natural causes.’
This all comes only a day after the news that the search for the D.C. bomber is being ramped up, with an increased reward offered for information leading to the identity and arrest of the individual seen in security images.
Watch below as Fanone calls out political violence, and the party that has embraced it.
On the eve of 1/6, former D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone criticizes GOP infighting over House Speaker:
“This type of chaos will happen every single day in the House, as some of the most extreme politicians our country has ever seen hold our democracy hostage.” pic.twitter.com/ZEX96FRoo3
— The Recount (@therecount) January 5, 2023
Now see Nehls prove Fanone’s point by dismissing the political violence, and writing off the deaths that followed the attack.
In fact, even though police officers died in the aftermath, Nehls blames law enforcement for the failure to stop the mob — rather than placing the blame on the man who invited the mob to D.C. and directed them to the Capitol Building.
.@RepTroyNehls claims that most of the Jan. 6 victims died from “natural causes.”
He also blames the attack on “law enforcement failure”.
The only one to blame for the increased political violence in our country is you and your MAGA colleagues’ dangerous rhetoric. pic.twitter.com/h6OVbyGm50
— Common Defense (@commondefense) January 5, 2023
Leading up to a day that should be solemnly memorialized, the party that attacked Democracy continues to mock, belittle, and obstruct, instead of working for the people who elected them as representatives — and everyone should remember this and hold them accountable.
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Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.