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.
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.
Capitol Police officer responds to narrative from some Republicans on Jan. 6: “What makes you want to keep the truth from coming to light so badly that you're willing to put bold-faced lies out there all the time — constantly — and mislead the people?" https://t.co/YdQfCHXOJ8 pic.twitter.com/ByZLOUdYDE
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 9, 2022
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.
We will not forget what happened to Officer Daniel Hodges on January 6th because Donald Trump & his co-conspirators incited insurrectionists at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/9VoBMKlFBz
— Respectful Dialogue (@timeindawater1) June 7, 2022
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