Biden’s speech this evening will take place at the US Capitol, the site of a violent insurrection on Jan 6, when Donald Trump supporters sought to overturn the results of the presidential election.
A Washington DC police officer injured that day at Capitol said it has been “difficult” to hear politicians downplay the events that day in an interview last night with CNN.
DC police officer Michael Fanone described how he was dragged down the Capitol steps, beaten and suffered a mild heart attack and a concussion by a mob which supported Trump.
“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened,” Fanone told CNN. “Some of the terminology that was used, like ‘hugs and kisses’ and ‘very fine people,’ is very different from what I experienced and what my co-workers experienced on the 6th.”
Last month, Trump lied and said rioters were “hugging and kissing” police during the attack. CNN host Don Lemon asked Fanone about Trump’s comments and the officer responded:
“I think it’s dangerous,” Fanone, 40, said. “It is very much not the experience I had on the 6th. I experienced a group of individuals who were trying to kill me to accomplish their goal.”
Fanone joined the police after Sep 11. While defending the Capitol on 6 Jan, a rioter shocked Fanone with a stun gun, triggering the mild heart attack. He said he has also experienced PTSD because of the events that day.
“I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades” Fanone said. “This was nothing I had ever thought would be a part of my law enforcement career.”