Michael Fanone, a Metropolitan Police officer who was attacked by the violent mob of insurrectionists on January 6th, is a living reminder of how he and his fellow officers were brutalized by the same people who had vowed to “Back the Blue”. Maybe that’s why so few Republicans are willing to acknowledge his existence; to do that would be to admit that what occurred on January 6th wasn’t a “regular tourist visit” as some have tried to reframe it.
While Senate Democrats continue to investigate despite the lack of a true January 6th Commission, Officer Fanone has repeatedly returned to the Capitol since that day to attempt to meet with the very Republicans who just voted against awarding him and Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal.
Officer Fanone, who normally works undercover narcotics on the Metropolitan Police Crime Suppression team, was off-duty on January 6th but self-deployed to answer a call for backup. He immediately became part of a group of officers trying to hold off thousands of rioters trying to break through a door on the west terrace of the Capitol. He was pulled into the crowd, beaten with poles, hit multiple times on the neck with a stun gun, rendered unconscious, and suffered a mild heart attack. He was stripped of his badge and radio and said someone tried to grab his firearm. The 20-year police force veteran also suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the assault.
Despite his perseverance, Republicans have been turning their backs on Fanone no matter how often he tries to meet with them.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 14, 2021
On another visit to the Capitol on Tuesday, Officer Fanone approached Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA), introduced himself as ‘someone who fought to defend the Capitol’, and put out his hand. Clyde refused to shake Fanone’s hand and made a run for it, which was confirmed by Reps Adam Kinzinger and Eric Swalwell.
I just called Officer Fanone and confirmed this story. This is really incredible. Also relayed an interaction he had with another members Chief of Staff that was really incredibly bad and disrespectful. https://t.co/fERYjK6dWg
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 16, 2021
As soon as the story broke, Officer Fanone began receiving support from all over Twitter.
GOP Rep Clyde refused to shake Officer Fanone’s hand, because Clyde’s an anti-police traitor.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 16, 2021
I talked with Mike Fanone today also. He said he might encounter resistance
Keep up the fight, Michael. Brought you a bottle of bourbon. I won’t just shake your hand, I’ll pour a snort. See you soon-share some war stories@AdamKinzinger should join. He defends our country too https://t.co/hu5ayeGzGT
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) June 16, 2021
I am tired of all the people slamming @rep_clyde for refusing to shake the hand of a Capitol officer who protected him. In fact, Andrew and I are proud to announce the release of his new book, "I Hid Like A Little Bitch," which drops everywhere today! #maga #fanone https://t.co/Hac6OpkfIw pic.twitter.com/zJ02t8fAap
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) June 16, 2021
#BREAKING Officer Fanone just ran into @Rep_Clyde at Capitol (he’s the “Jan 6 was a typical tour” guy). Fanone introduced himself as “someone who fought to defend the Capitol” and put out his hand. Clyde refused to shake it. To honor Trump, @housegop will dishonor the police.
— Burgh ExPat🌊 (@GAScubaBum) June 16, 2021
The mother/fiancee of fallen Ofc., Brian Sicknick, along with Ofc. Mike Fanone, knocked the doors of 20 GQP senators imploring them to support a Jan 6 Commission. Not one would, despite knowing the loss & sacrifice these families made to protect those very same senators. GQP scum
— Mike Pence – Professional Mannequin (@vespertilioAJR) June 16, 2021
The dick of the day trophy goes to congressman Andrew Clyde for refusing to shake the hand of Officer Fanone, who risked his life for the pathetic congressman on January 6, and remember, Clyde is the one who described the insurrection as a “normal tourist visit.“#DOTD
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) June 16, 2021