• November 28, 2021

In heartbreaking, patriotic, inspiring, and angry testimony, four members of the Capitol and DC police described the horrendous assaults they suffered in the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill by white supremacist domestic terrorists who supported Trump. With emotions overcoming them at times, they debunked the lies and cover-ups that were being spread by Donald Trump, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and 90% of the current Republican Party. All of the officers named Trump as the instigator behind the attack on them, citing cries from the mob that Trump sent them to Capitol Hill.

The New York Times reported today that, “one by one, in excruciating detail, Sergeant Aquilino A. Gonell and three other officers who faced the hordes that stormed the Capitol told Congress about brutal violence, racism and the hostility they suffered as a mob of angry rioters, acting on behalf of former President Donald J. Trump, beat, crushed and shocked them. “

Along with Sergeant Gonell, Officers Michael Fanone, Harry Dunne and Daniel Hodges gave vivid accounts of the physical violence, racist insults and verbal hostility they experienced that defined the intentions of the mob; doing bodily harm to law enforcement agencies and members of Congress. Officers described the emotional agony they feel as Republican members of Congress continue to lie and cover up the brutality they suffered during the insurrection. Officer Fanone said: “What makes the fight harder and more painful is knowing that many of my fellow citizens, including so many people that I risked my life to defend, are downplaying or openly denying what happened. I feel like I went to hell and came back to protect them and the people in this room. “

Each officer’s account of their experience during the insurrection revealed similar degrees of racism, Trump cult, hatred and violence. Sergeant Gonell was hit with a flagpole, sprayed with chemical spray, had foot surgery, had shoulder surgery and at least a year of rehab. He also reported hearing rioters say, “Trump sent us here.” Officer Fanone had a stun gun applied to the base of the neck, dragged and beaten while racist rioters shouted “take his gun, let’s kill him with his own gun.” He suffered a heart attack, traumatic brain injury, and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Officer Hodges was brutally crushed in a doorway by the mob, and he felt they were willing to kill him to fulfill his Trump-prompted mission to “stop the robbery.” Officer Dunne excitedly recounted that notorious racist terrorists called him a “bloody idiot” and tearfully raised the question, “Is this the United States?

The disrespect these officers and all law enforcement officers are receiving on Capitol Hill is equal to the pain of the physical and verbal attacks they suffered on January 6. When asked if they had seen the officers’ testimony today, Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy arrogantly said, “No, we had other work to do.” These two unpatriotic and effeminate officials are breaking their oath to protect the Constitution by refusing to seek the truth about the insurrection. How not to suspect if they are directly or indirectly complicit in the attack on the Capitol? Compared to the official patriotic heroes Fanone, Gonell, Hodges and Dunne, McConnell and McCarthy are simply corrupt opportunists who only care about power, not democracy.

Several members of the House committee were moved to hear the stories of heroism and suffering from the police officers. CNN policy reported during officers’ testimony, Rep. Adam Kinzinger choked and then “called other members of his party, saying” we have to reject those promoting “conspiracies about the insurrection in the United States Capitol on January 6th”.

Representative Liz Cheney opened the hearing by saying;

“We also need to know what happened every minute of that day at the White House: every phone call, every conversation, every meeting before, during and after the attack. Honorable men and women must step forward. “The entire committee was completed with dignity committed to learning the facts about how and why the insurgents were able to get so close to stopping the certification of the 2020 elections and who obviously helped coordinate the attack. well planned.

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