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[WATCH] Officer Who Survived Capitol Riot Says He ‘Doesn’t Know How’ GOP Lawmakers Say Jan 6th ‘Doesn’t Matter’

[WATCH] Officer Who Survived Capitol Riot Says He ‘Doesn’t Know How’ GOP Lawmakers Say Jan 6th ‘Doesn’t Matter’

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges, who was trapped in a doorway in pain as rioters bashed him with his own baton during the January 6th Capitol insurrection, says that seeing footage from that day brings him right back to that moment he thought he was going to die. “It’s difficult but it’s, important to see,” says Hodges.

And Republican leaders “have to know how important this is,” Hodges told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday morning, a few hours before the first prime time hearing was scheduled to begin.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, US Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn and Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges pose for a photo following the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Members of law enforcement testified about the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the U.S. Capitol. According to authorities, about 140 police officers were injured when they were trampled, had objects thrown at them, and sprayed with chemical irritants during the insurrection. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Hodges went on to chastise the members of the GOP who have done a complete 180 from their angry takes on the Senate floor the night of January 6th after the body reconvened. “Looking at the Capitol building right now, I don’t know how they can go there every day and do the job they do, and experience what happened on January 6th, and then turn around and tell the American people that oh no, this isn’t important. This doesn’t matter,” Hodges told Mitchell.

Republicans have spent the last 17 months attempting to rewrite the narrative around January 6th to remain in Trump’s favor going into a new administration and beyond. One of the main intentions behind the six televised hearings is to remind the American public of the horrors of the day, how every member of Congress was put at risk, not just the ones who didn’t support Trump, and how close the country truly came to losing its democracy.

Hodges and his fellow officers who survived that day haven’t forgotten what happened, and the House Select Committee has the footage that will have viewers echoing his questions to Republicans. “What makes you want to keep the truth from coming to light so badly that you’re willing to put bald-faced lies out there all the time — constantly — and mislead the people?”

The first televised hearing airs Thursday at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. Your writer will be live-tweeting @taradublinrocks

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