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The longtime partner of slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was aghast after hearing the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson last Tuesday before the House Select Committee investigating the attack on Congress and attempt to overthrow the election.
“That selfish bastard," said Sandra Garza of former President Donald Trump. She and Sicknick once supported Trump and his presidency, but after Jan. 6, 2021, that changed, WUSA reported Sunday.
What was revealed on Tuesday left many officers in the audience in Congress very upset.
"Most of what I hear is shocking to me," Metro Police Officer Daniel Hodges told reporters outside the committee hearing room on Tuesday. "I mean, hearing that he essentially set us up, yeah, that's shocking."
Hutchinson explained that the assistant director of the Secret Service told the former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in front of her, that many attendees of the "Stop the Steal" rally were armed. The Secret Service chief, Anthony Ornato, said that he had told the president as well. According to Hutchinson, Trump explained that all people with weapons should be allowed in because "they're not here to hurt me," implying they were prepared to hurt someone else.
It's a federal offense to have weapons on federal government land, like the White House grounds and the monuments. The Secret Service didn't arrest anyone, however.
The hearings also revealed that at no point did the president put forth any effort to call for help for the Capitol Police or D.C Metro officers. The one who actually called and dispatched the National Guard to the Capitol was Vice President Mike Pence. After it became clear that the local law enforcement was overwhelmed and Trump wasn't going to send help, Washington, D.C. mayor asked for Virginia and Maryland to send their Guard soldiers. The governors rushed to help the city, which isn't an actual state, and thus can't do much without an act of Congress.
"When I realized that he didn't call in any reinforcements. He didn't want the riot to stop. Actually, he orchestrated this entire thing. He was actually trying to, you know, overthrow the government so that he could stay in power," said Garza. "That's when it really hit me. And that's when the anger really started to boil up within me. And I was like, yeah, I actually can't stand this guy and you know, I hold him responsible for Brian's passing."
"That is very upsetting. I mean, I’m not surprised," Garza continued. "I mean, my mouth dropped. My jaw dropped. It shouldn’t be shocking by now. But it still is unbelievable that he was the President of the United States at the time and made an order like that."
She also explained that Trump has talked more about Ashley Babbitt than Sicknick. Babbitt broke through locked doors outside of the Speaker's lobby, which is just off the House floor. An agent shot and killed her as she tried to climb through the broken-out window. Garza said she's not sure she's ever heard Trump mention Sicknick's name.
"It's very painful given that Brian and I were supporters of him at the time and particularly Brian. Brian's was a big supporter of Donald Trump even more so than me," Garza said.
"I have empathy for Ashley Babbitt’s family. I know they experienced a lot of pain and grief just like I did. But at the same time, I also have a lot of empathy for the officer who was put in that position to have to make that call to protect the members of Congress," she said. "I mean, it's not easy for an officer to have to make that terrible decision. I think a lot of people who are not in law enforcement don't understand that it's incredibly traumatic."
She went on to say that she wants to see Attorney General Merrick Garland do more and for Trump to face criminal charges.
"Do I think he's (Attorney General Garland) doing enough? No, I don't. I would like to think that after this, there will be something done," Garza said. "I don't know why it's taking so long. It seems like it's moving at a snails pace. Trump and all these people that have enabled Trump, it's like they've gotten away with murder and they continue to get away with murder. And, you know, the average Joe or Jane you know, we would have been in prison by now. So what's different here?"
The lawyer for the family of Jayland Walker took issue with the Akron, Ohio police after the body camera videos were revealed following the shooting.
In a press conference, attorney Bobby DiCello focused on the fact that Walker was completely unarmed when a group of officers opened fire on him. He was shot at least 90 times by the group of police, the lawyer explained. DiCello also noted that at the time, police said over the radio that they heard gunfire from the car.
Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said he wasn't sure about the number of rounds fired at Walker but that the medical examiner’s report cited more than 60 wounds to the body.
What the body camera footage showed, he explained is that there were no bullet holes anywhere in the car. It was also revealed that the police took a photo of Walker's gun sitting in the front seat when the video showed that the gun was actually found in the back seat of the car.
“When an officer makes the most critical decision in his or her life as a police officer, when they fire an arm at another human being, they have to be ready to explain why they did what they did — they need to be able to articulate what specific threats they were facing,” Mylett said. “And that goes for every round that goes down the barrel of their gun. And they need to be held to account.”
"They want to make him a masked monster with a gun," said DiCello. "Jaylen was unarmed."
A crowd of a few hundred protesters are peacefully walking to the Akron Police Department.
\u201c\u201cThey want to turn him into a masked monster with a gun. \u2026 Jalen was unarmed.\u201d-Lawyer Bobby DiCello on Akron police shooting Jayland Walker, firing as many as 90 bullets\n#JaylandWalker\u201d— John Hendren (@John Hendren) 1656871672
Conservative television host Anna Perez suggested to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) that Democrats are using soy products to "feminize" and "weaken" the United States military. The congressman appeared to agree.
During a Saturday interview on Real America's Voice, Biggs argued that President Joe Biden's administration has "hatred to America, its people and its military."
"I want to follow up with that," Perez said. "It does seem like, even you look at some of the things that they're doing with the woke stuff. Of course, there's that. And also, the food. We know there's a lot of soy products and vegan food, which I'm sure they're pushing on them."
"I wonder if there's a feminization aspect of our military," she continued, "that they're trying to push so they are weaker."
Perez added: "It's like they want to weaken them. They want to feminize our military if you think about it from a food perspective."
"Yeah, you're right, Anna," he replied. "It is a weakening and it changes the culture."
Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.