Newsmax cuts away from Officer Fanone's testimony and airs guest blaming 'BLM and antifa' for Capitol riot
While airing D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone's emotional testimony at the first House committee hearing to investigate the Capitol insurrection this Tuesday, the right-wing pro-Trump network Newsmax cut away to a guest who disparaged Fanone's testimony, claiming that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was actually carried out by left-wing factions.
Fanone, who was tased, beaten and stripped of his badge, said lawmakers who deny the violence of Jan. 6 are "betray[ing] their oath of office."
But as Fanone spoke, Newsmax cut to former Texas state legislator Rick Green, who said that it's nice to "finally hear Democrats say nice things about police officers."
"If this was a real investigation, we'd be asking ... who gave the stand down order? Why were there not enough police officers there? And, I gotta say, one of the officers said, you know, 'Donald Trump was egging [the mob] on instead of sending help' -- Donald Trump wanted more military presence there and more police officers there, and it was turned down, so why did Nancy Pelosi allow this situation to happen in the first place?"
"And why are we not asking the questions about all the video that we've seen of the Capitol police officers literally removing the barricades and inviting people into the Capitol?" he continued. "What they're after here is to take the ones that should be in jail for the violence and attacking police officers, taking those few, and trying to make it look like anybody that supported Donald Trump was a part of that. In fact, that was FBI informants, antifa, BLM, very radical anti-Trump people, we already know that, who were involved in this."
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The man accused of killing eight people at a string of Atlanta-area spas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four murder charges, ensuring he will spend the rest of his life in prison, local media reported.
A judge in Cherokee County, Georgia where one of the spas was located, sentenced Robert Aaron Long to four life sentences without parole, plus 35 years, based on a plea deal that spared the 22-year-old from the death penalty, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
However Long could still face capital punishment for the killing of four other victims in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, with the district attorney saying she will seek the death penalty as well as an enhanced sentence for hate crimes.
Defense lawyer Daran Burns had urged the Cherokee County judge to accept the plea deal, saying Long understands "the gravity of his actions," according to the paper.
Long was arrested hours after opening fire in three Asian massage parlors on March 16 in Atlanta and its surroundings, later admitting to the crime.
Six of the eight victims were women of Asian origin, with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis saying in a court filing that Long selected his victims because of their "actual or perceived race, national origin, sex, and gender."
However, during his interrogation, Long, who is white, denied he had been motivated by racial hatred, claiming instead he had a sexual addiction and wanted to "eliminate" a temptation.
The targeting of women of Asian origin stoked fears in an Asian-American population already alarmed by a surge in hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The crime sparked rallies of thousands of people in major cities in the United States and Canada days after the shooting to denounce anti-Asian racism.
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'Traitors and rapists': Protesters derail Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene as they defend Jan. 6 rioters
Several Republican members of Congress, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), faced protesters on Tuesday as they held a press conference to defend suspects who are being held in jail after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Greene and Gaetz held the press conference outside the Department of Justice, where they were joined by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ).
As Greene began to speak, a man with a whistle relentlessly interrupted. The shrill noise was repeated throughout the event.
Some protesters sang while others shouted that the members of Congress were "insurrectionists."
At one point, Greene addressed the protesters.
"To the guy that's blowing the whistle, we are not deterred," Greene said as the noise continued. "So anyone that's here and being an activist and yelling today, here's the statement that I need everyone to understand. We will not back down, we will not stop asking questions, we are looking for the truth."
Greene was advised that she would need to end the press conference because the throng of protesters was encircling the members of Congress.
One protester held a sign near Gaetz that said, "Traitors & Rapists: Sit Down." The lawmaker quickly exited the event as other protesters closed in.
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Reps. Gaetz and Greene get run out of their own presser at the DOJ. pic.twitter.com/Jc3BTbUO05
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 27, 2021
MOMENTS AGO: Rep. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene news conference interrupted by protestors, then ultimately canceled.
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