WATCH: Capitol Officer Brutally Beaten During Riot Slams Trump, Others For Downplaying Jan. 6
Donald Trump-incited rioters almost killed Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone on Jan. 6. The 20-year law enforcement veteran was dragged down a set of steps, Tasered several times in the back of the neck and fought off rioters’ efforts to grab his gun and shoot him. He suffered a heart attack and concussion as a result of the beating.
Tuesday night he blasted former president Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers who have attempted to downplay the brutal nature of the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol and the police officers who tried to defend it.
“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened,” Fanone told CNN anchor Don Lemon. He continued, “I experienced a group of individuals that were trying to kill me to accomplish their goal. I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades. It was nothing that I had ever thought would be a part of my law enforcement career and nor was I prepared to experience.”
Fanone called Trump’s “hugs and kisses” characterization of the events of that day “dangerous.” The undercover narcotics officer continues to deal with the after effects of a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.
Near the end of the interview, Fanone emphasized again the indisputable violence and brutality at the hands of the Trump supporters.
“January 6th was real. It didn’t happen in a f****** movie studio in California,” he said.
You can watch the entire interview below, courtesy of CNN.