Responding to a question from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) about his use of the term "terrorists" to describe the followers of former president Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol on Jan 6th, Capitol policeman Daniel Hodges read the definition of "terrorism" into the record to the applause of viewers watching the House hearing.
Hodges, who was filmed during the riot being crushed between doors as he defended lawmakers on that day, told the Democratic lawmaker, "I can see why someone would take issue with the title of terrorist, it's gained a lot of notoriety in our vocabulary in the past few decades ... But I came prepared."
Following his reading of the definition, commenters rushed to Twitter to praise his performance and for his setting the record straight.
You can see some comments below:
@MSNBC Shoe fits: ter·ror·ist /ˈterərəst/ Learn to pronounce noun a person who uses unlawful violence and intimida… https://t.co/69B6HpOAm5— Naresh Kumar (@Naresh Kumar) 1627404016.0
@cutawayprotocol @MSNBC I actually went back and recorded this section. He said what he said!!— Tam💋Bam💙Thank💋Ya💙Ma'am (@Tam💋Bam💙Thank💋Ya💙Ma'am) 1627405079.0
@MSNBC 100% domestic terrorist attack on January 6th. https://t.co/k1E6qTkkqR— Charlotte Edwards (@Charlotte Edwards) 1627404835.0
@JRubinBlogger It's amazing how the officers are testifying that they saw lots in tactical gear, goggles, etc. at t… https://t.co/InAqpiYAG0— InMyHumbleOpinion (@InMyHumbleOpinion) 1627403750.0
@JRubinBlogger Just an incredibly stark juxtaposition next to the people who attacked the Capitol in a fit of pueri… https://t.co/ql4Jnmo0Mx— Jordan Fantauzzo (@Jordan Fantauzzo) 1627403972.0
@JRubinBlogger He just blew me away! Actually, they all are remarkable and impressive.— Miki Fiegel Picinich (@Miki Fiegel Picinich) 1627403827.0
@JRubinBlogger It looked like his blood was actually boiling as he sat there. #DutyHonourCourage— Auntie Phô (@Auntie Phô) 1627403949.0
@JRubinBlogger The U.S. Patriot Act §802 agrees. https://t.co/YP1alzGieH— Po-bone Braxton (@Po-bone Braxton) 1627403893.0
@JRubinBlogger Your assessment is correct. They are all tremendous patriots. Hodges reading made me both proud of h… https://t.co/yRNP7z3HLn— Jean, PhD Junkin’ Therapy (@Jean, PhD Junkin’ Therapy) 1627403839.0
@JoyAnnReid Listening to Ofc. Hodges’ powerful and eloquent testimony today reminds me of my favorite Hawthorne quo… https://t.co/t2Lqm7iCDR— Good Trouble 💙 (@Good Trouble 💙) 1627404256.0
@JoyAnnReid The expression on his face while the question was asked of him was of withheld rage, and his voice trem… https://t.co/R7uPa8eQii— Priscilla Biddle (@Priscilla Biddle) 1627404619.0
@JoyAnnReid Officer Hodges was not playing. He came with a pocket of full of receipts.— American Narratives (@American Narratives) 1627404388.0
@JoyAnnReid He said "I came prepared". In other words, I knew y'all fools were going to try it so let me drop this on ya.....— Nikita Harris (@Nikita Harris) 1627404090.0