DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone shut down a right-wing conspiracy theory about what happened to him on January 6th during testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
"Forgive me for these questions, but I've got to ask you," Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said.
"Apparently in some nether regions of the internet it's being said that you, Officer Fanone, were mistaken for antifa and that's why you were nearly beaten to death that day and carried into the crowd," Raskin noted.
The conspiracy theory has been pushed by Newsmax personality Greg Kelly.
Is it possible FANONE was mistaken for ANTIFA ? He often, for media appearances, has worn all Black but no insigni… https://t.co/y6DewLfvpO— Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret (@Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret) 1627395941.0
The tweet came seven minutes after Kelly noted Fanone was wearing his uniform when he responded to the Capitol, something the plainclothes officer had not done in a decade.
First time in a decade he put on a uniform and just showed up. This haphazard response is PART OF THE PROBLEM.— Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret (@Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret) 1627395539.0
"Is there any way that you were mistaken for antifa?" Raskin asked Fanone.
"Well, I was in full uniform. I was -- like I said, wearing my uniform shirt adorned with the Metropolitan Police Department's patch," he explained. "I had my badge on until someone ripped it off my chest. I do not believe I was mistaken for a member of antifa."
Kelly later tweeted: "None of these cops can be trusted with weapons. Resign."
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