WATCH: DC cop reveals how pro-Trump mob tried to ‘convert us to their cult’ during the Capitol insurrection
A District of Columbia police officer repeatedly expressed his astonishment that Donald Trump rioters tried to convince law enforcement to join their effort to overturn the election.
Officer Daniel Hodges, of Metropolitan police, testified Tuesday before a U.S. House committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection, where he vividly described the violence he endured and the apparent surprise the rioters felt when officers tried to stop them from blocking the electoral certification.
"As we came close to the terrorist our line was divided and we came under attack," Hodges testified. "A man attempted to rip the baton from my hands and we wrestled for control. I retained my weapon, he yelled at me, 'You're on the wrong team.' Cut off from my leadership, which is at the front of our formation, we huddled up and assessed the threat surrounding us. One man tried and failed to build a rapport with me, shouting, 'Are you my brother?' Another shouting, 'You will die on your knees.'"
Hodges described the surreal array of flags the rioters carried as they violently stormed the building.
"The sea of people was punctuated throughout by flags, mostly variations of American flags and Trump flags," he said. "There was Gadsden flags -- it was clear the terrorists perceived themselves to be Christians. I saw the Christian flag directly to my front, another read 'Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.' Another, 'Jesus is king.' One flag read, 'Don't give up the ship.' Another had cross-rifles beneath a skull emblazoned with the pattern of the American flag. To my perpetual confusion I saw the 'thin blue line' flag, the symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us."
Hodges told lawmakers that Trump supporters blasted police with chemical irritants, including wasp spray, and demanded officers join their violent assault.
"The terrorists alternated between attempt to go break our defense and shouting at or attempting to convert us," Hodges said. "Men alleging to be veterans told us how they had fought for this country and were fighting for it again. One man tried to start a chant of 'four more years.' Another shouted do not attack us, we are not Black Lives Matter, as if political affiliation is how we determine when to use force. A man in a QAnon hoodie explained, 'This is the time to choose which side of history to be on.' A man whose shirt read 'God, guns and Trump' stood behind him silently holding a Trump flag. A new man came to the front and fixated on me, telling me to take off my gear and give it to him to show solidarity with 'we the people' or 'we're going to run over you,' his voice cracked with the strain and volume of the stress."
"He continued, 'Do you think your little pea shooter guns are going to stop this crowd?'" he added. "'No, we're going in that building.' Eventually there was a surge in the crowd, the fence buckled and broke apart and we were unable to hold the line."
Hodges said he and other officers were forced to retreat into the Capitol, where Trump supporters continued to alternately batter them and ask them to switch sides.
"Eventually it was my turn in the meat grinder that was the front line," he testified. "The terrorists had a wall of shield they had stolen from officers as well as stolen batons and what other arms they brought. Even during this intense contest of wills they tried to convert us to their cult. One man shouted, 'We all just want to make our voices heard, and I think you feel the same. I think you really feel the same.'"
"All while another man attempts to batter us with a stolen shield," he added. "Another man like many others didn't seem to appreciate that this wasn't a game. He fought his way across the lawn, up the steps, through the western terrace, all the OC and CS gas and, at the front line of this final threshold, was asking us to hold on because he had asthma."
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'Absolute gutter trash': Elise Stefanik buried for last-minute attempt to blame Nancy Pelosi for Capitol riot
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was buried under an avalanche of criticism on Tuesday morning after appearing at a press conference in front of the Capitol on the day a House select committee began hearings on the Jan 6th riot that sent lawmakers -- including herself -- fleeing for their lives.
Addressing reporters, she tried to pin the blame for the violent events of the day on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), saying, "The American people deserve to know the truth. That Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility, as speaker of the House, for the tragedy that occurred on Jan. 6."
After video of her speech went viral, critics of the New York lawmaker -- who attained her leadership position after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was ousted from the position for criticizing former President Donald Trump -- was the recipient of a flood of criticism for a last-ditch attempt to gaslight the country before the hearings began.
You can see some comments below:
@AndrewSolender The press has a responsibility to call out such blatant lying propaganda..— MaKin (@MaKin) 1627394467.0
Elise Stefanik is a reminder of how completely the raw pursuit of power can break a human being.— Dr. Abdul El-Sayed (@Dr. Abdul El-Sayed) 1627397851.0
The truth is being told in the Jan. 6 select committee hearing. Stop betraying your oath to the constitution… https://t.co/LHnsUSe6Ri— Olivia of Troye (@Olivia of Troye) 1627397120.0
Elise Stefanik is saying Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility for Jan 6th. Pandering to the Trump base and spreading l… https://t.co/CFqtRdMLCi— Amy Lynn🧦❤️ (@Amy Lynn🧦❤️) 1627397097.0
This morning Elise Stefanik is blaming the 1/6 insurrection on Nancy Pelosi. So you’re saying Antifa would attack… https://t.co/CyN3mbE76s— Avenger Resister (@Avenger Resister) 1627396017.0
Dear Elise Stefanik.... If Speaker Pelosi is 'responsible' for Jan 6th, then WHY did one of the domestic terrorist… https://t.co/mXooVg4GLq— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin) 1627397394.0
@AndrewSolender Not that you all didn't know this. But there is clearly no level to which Stefanik won't sink. Absolute gutter trash— Cliff Schecter (@Cliff Schecter) 1627393971.0
Elise Stefanik, who's now denying the Capitol riots, will tell whatever lie the Repubs assign her: she's JD Vance's… https://t.co/ER4VtVWs7u— Paul Rudnick (@Paul Rudnick) 1627397711.0
I don't remember Nancy Pelosi telling a crowd of people to march on the Capitol or to call for "trial by combat." S… https://t.co/vgMd5ErnJt— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit) 1627394314.0
If you lie to conceal the truth about a violent and deadly insurrection against our country, then you are a domesti… https://t.co/P4GPkrhjH7— True Blue 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@True Blue 🇺🇸🏳️🌈) 1627396748.0
Elise Stefanik is a despicable liar & vile lowlife & grossly unfit to hold public office. Stefanik shows how someon… https://t.co/9l1l8y3GeY— Charles Campisi (@Charles Campisi) 1627395515.0
Imagine wanting anything badly enough that you'd sell your soul the way Elise Stefanik has. https://t.co/oWUA9gDChF— Mark Jacob (@Mark Jacob) 1627394815.0
@AndrewSolender When Elise Stefanik was first elected to Congress in 2014, she ran as a "new kind of Republican," a… https://t.co/DlKhDTfE8O— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew) 1627394582.0
"Also, the Jews bear responsibility for the Holocaust." — Rep. Elise Stefanik, probably https://t.co/cHQZy9T3KF— Goldy (@Goldy) 1627396062.0
When you try to defend the indefensible, you say batshit crazy things like Elise Stefanik did.— 🫐𝔻𝕌𝔽𝔽𝕐🫐 (@🫐𝔻𝕌𝔽𝔽𝕐🫐) 1627397560.0
I agree with Elise Stefanik - the American people deserve to know the truth. The Select Committee will find the tru… https://t.co/kk9yoagON1— mikepella loves Voting Rights (@mikepella loves Voting Rights) 1627394595.0
‘Disgraceful’: Officer Michael Fanone fights back tears as he calls out Republicans for ‘betraying their oath of office’
DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone gave emotional testimony during the first hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Fanone, who is a plainclothes officer, described suiting up in his uniform for the first time in a decade as he and his partner responded to the riots.
"I thought I had seen it all, many times over. Yet what I witnessed and experienced on January 6th, 2021, was unlike anything I had ever seen, anything I'd ever experienced or could have imagined in my country," he said.
"I was grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country. I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm, as I heard chants of 'kill him with his own gun.' I could still hear those words in my head today," Fanone explained. "At some point during the fighting, I was dragged from the line of officers and into the crowd. I heard someone scream 'I got one!' as I was swarmed by a violent mob. They ripped off my badge, they grabbed and stripped me of my radio. They seized ammunition that was secured to my body. They began to beat me with their fists and with what felt like hard metal objects."
He called out Republicans downplaying the severity of the insurrection.
"What makes the struggle harder and more painful is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people I put my life at risk to defend, are downplaying or outright denying what happened," he said. "I feel like I went to hell and back to protect them and the people in this room, but too many are now telling me that hell doesn't exist or that hell actually wasn't that bad."
"The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful!" he said with raised voice as he slammed the table. "My law enforcement career prepared me to cope with some of the aspects of this experience. Being an officer, you know your life is at risk whenever you walk out the door, even if you don't expect otherwise law-abiding citizens to take up arms against you. But nothing — truly nothing — has prepared me to address those elected members of our government who continue to deny the events of that day, and in doing so, betray their oath of office. Those very members whose lives, offices, staff members i was fighting so desperately to defend."
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