Two congressmen stated Wednesday that Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) refused to shake the hand of a Washington, D.C., police officer who was crushed by members of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Clyde, who final month tried to downplay the lethal riot as one thing akin to “a normal tourist visit,” was certainly one of 21 House Republicans who on Tuesday voted towards awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to all law enforcement officials who responded to the revolt.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) stated that D.C. police officer Michael Fanone bumped into Clyde on the Capitol on Wednesday, launched himself as “someone who fought to defend the Capitol” and put out his hand.
“Clyde refused to shake it. To honor Trump, [House Republicans] will dishonor the police,” Swalwell tweeted.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, stated he had referred to as Fanone and confirmed the story. “This really is incredible,” Kinzinger stated.
Clyde’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Fanone suffered a coronary heart assault and concussion after he was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun and crushed with pipes by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
In the months since, he’s spoken out on a number of events towards politicians who’ve sought to rewrite historical past and deny details concerning the brutal occasions he skilled that day.
“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials … whitewash the events that day, or downplay what happened,” he stated in April. “I experienced the most brutal, savage, hand-to-hand combat of my entire life. Let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades.”
Kinzinger, certainly one of solely a handful of Republicans to denounce Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election, instructed The Washington Post on Wednesday it was horrible that police who risked their lives don’t have the assist of a number of the individuals they have been defending.
“Every now and again I think, we have to be at the bottom of how low we can get,” Kinzinger instructed the Post. “You don’t have to admit you should have voted for [the Gold Medal] by shaking a guy’s hand. The presence of these heroes can make some people uncomfortable.”
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