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, who was tweeting his unfounded conspiracy theories as Fanone testified. His 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.
Newsmax's most popular host, attacking police officers pic.twitter.com/6Uz7u5ugKM
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 27, 2021
“Is there any way that you were mistaken for antifa?” Raskin asked Fanone.
Is it possible FANONE was mistaken for ANTIFA ? He often, for media appearances, has worn all Black but no insignia, police patches, rank etc
— Greg Kelly–LET'S GO BRANDON! (@gregkellyusa) July 27, 2021
“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.”
Jamie Raskin asks Officer Fanone about Greg Kelly's recent tweet that claims Capitol rioters may have thought he was antifa.
"Is there any way you think you were mistaken for antifa?"
Fanone: "I was in full uniform… I had my badge on until somebody ripped it off my chest." pic.twitter.com/g19wLLI5Ci
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 27, 2021
Kelly later tweeted: “None of these cops can be trusted with weapons. Resign.”
At least Twitter had some fun shutting down the guy who has also freaked out over pants and other important things.
NewsHack Greg Kelly has no place commenting on what someone else wears or really about anything else pic.twitter.com/n1pcDiMAKk
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) July 27, 2021
This idiot @gregkellyusa – face of “Newsmax” and the son of a disgraced NYC police chief – is pissing all over cops.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 27, 2021
You're right..I found her killer. pic.twitter.com/H7ymJbRMYD
— Fuck trump (not a fan of coups) (@FvckTrump5) July 27, 2021
Why is @gregkellyusa allowed to spew his violent rhetoric on social media? He’s literally batshit crazy and there is nothing he tweets that comes close to being truth
— Kelly D (@KellDA) July 27, 2021
Here’s the moment where Rep. Jamie Raskin asks Officer Fanone to set a few things straight, triggering NewsHack Greg Kelly.