Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn addressed the Jan. 6 select committee Tuesday, telling harrowing stories about President Donald Trump's supporters shouting the N-word at him during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday, Dunn explained that the GOP is blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Dunn said that if the GOP and Fox News really believed that it was Pelosi's fault, they should want to get to the bottom of it with an investigation. Yet, they oppose it.
Dunn voted for President Joe Biden and he is Black. That made him a target for conservatives immediately. Fox News host Tucker Carlson not only laughed at Officer Michael Fanone for talking about his PTSD. After that, Carlson accused Dunn of being some kind of secret Democratic activist.
"Dunn will pretend to speak for the country's law enforcement community, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average cop," Carlson told his audience Tuesday. "Dunn is an angry left-wing political activist."
Rep. Eric Swalwell hit back, saying that he is "forever grateful to officers like Harry Dunn."
Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter also disagreed with Carlson, calling Dunn's testimony, "disheartening and disappointing" to "live in a country with people … that attack you because of the color of your skin just to hurt you. Those words are weapons."
"I can't believe that -- you know what hurts more than or just as much as what happened on Jan. 6th?" Dunn said. "The attacks on our credibility and that we're lying and that we don't love our country and we're fake police officers and we're not real cop -- just the stuff you were playing there, the Laura Ingrams and the Tucker Carlson. That was an act? It's frustrating. It's more than frustrating. It makes you so angry."
He was shocked that somehow he's not an American because people disagree with his political views.
"Everyone's allowed to have a different political view," Dunn continued. "That's what makes America America. That's what makes America a democracy. What are they doing to preserve dem democracy? I know what I'm doing. I know what I did to preserve democracy. I protected republicans, democrats, and independents for the last 13 years of my life.
He's said that he's still going to work tomorrow to do the same thing again: protect everyone, regardless of whether or not they hate him.
Watch the interview below:
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The attacks on Capitol Police officers continued Wednesday night from Fox News' Laura Ingrahm. Tuesday, she did her own mock award show to ridicule what she said was "acting" on the part of the cops.
Wednesday, however, she took it to a whole new level blaming Capitol Police and DC. Metro cops, saying that they have no one to blame but themselves. Ingraham first incorrectly stated that they testified on Wednesday when they spoke on Tuesday, and she then claimed that police knew for "weeks" that the Capitol would be attacked.
The new GOP narrative is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at fault for Jan. 6 because somehow she had a death wish and wanted the Capitol to be overrun by violent Trump supporters who wanted to kill her, the vice president and other Democrats.
The House Select Committee intends to hear more about the warnings of Jan. 6. Thus far we know that the social media site Parler had been sending the FBI warnings for weeks. Those warnings never made their way to Christopher Wray or to Pelosi. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley also heard that there was likely to be an attack that day. He didn't brief Pelosi either.
The New York Times reported this week that three days before the siege on the Capitol, police were told to "stand down" and not use deadly force.
"In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6," said the Times. "The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday."
"Mr. Bolton found that the agency's leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught," the report continued.
The Sargent at Arms and the Capitol Police are all nominated by a series of Congressional committees. The Capitol Police chief reports to the Capitol Police Board, which three people run: the Senate and House Sergeant at Arms and the Architect of the Capitol. At the time, all three were appointed by Republicans. The former House Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving, was appointed in 2011 when Republican Speaker John Boehner controlled the House.
Ingraham conveniently forgot to mention those facts.
Slate.com revealed Wednesday evening that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was wearing body armor while speaking to President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally.
But in a strange moment, Brooks confessed something he hasn't previously said about that day. In a conversation where he was trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Brooks complained that her office wasn't "doing a better job with respect to the Capitol Police and their level of preparation."
"Then, to prove his point about preparation," wrote Newell, "he revealed a new detail to me: that because of a tip he'd received about potential violence, he'd been wearing body armor at the very same Ellipse speech in which he encouraged rally attendees to 'start taking down names and kicking ass.'"
"I was warned on Monday that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks said. "And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor.
"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker. To cover up the body armor," said Brooks. Newell said he was grinning as he said it. Newell noted that Brooks didn't say who warned him or what specifically he was warned would be a "risk."
It was a detail that MSNBC host Ali Velshi keyed in on, wondering, who gave Brooks that "tip."
"Well, those sound like good questions for the new-select committee investigating the Jan 6th attack," said Velshi. "We don't know who will be getting subpoenas from that committee, but select committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), told us on this program last night that those subpoenas are going out, soon. In terms of what led to and prompted the Jan 6th attack? The lies about election fraud. The narrative of a stolen election. The fantasy that Donald Trump's election loss could be overturned. That, all, needs to be investigated by this select committee. But that is not just stuff that happened before Jan 6th. As far as a false narrative about the 2020 election that is inciting people to violence or potential violence, we're all living in an active crime scene, right now. This is ongoing."
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