WATCH: “People Who Associate With Trump” Officer Explains Why 1/6 Was A White Supremacist Attack
Tuesday morning marked the start of the House Committee’s hearing on the January 6th attack. From the first, it was emotionally charged, with police officers who had fought to defend the Capitol that day sharing their experiences, and the assembled legislators viewing body camera footage showing what was suffered that day. However, when it came down to the question of who carried out the attack, one officer left no question.
DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges describes the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th as a “white nationalist insurrection.” He doesn’t do so without cause, and he was willing to explain to Congress the reason that he draws that conclusion. It’s not only the Trump connection — the fact that white supremacists tend to see him as the candidate who represents them best, and flock to him, as Business Insider laid out in detail last year.
In large part, it’s the things the riot participants said to Hodges, and to his fellow officers.
Two clips follow. The first is Hodges’ explanation of his conclusions, and the second is his body camera footage and should only be watched with caution, as it could be disturbing.
Officer Hodges's body camera footage from January 6 shows chain of events leading to him getting crushed in a Capitol doorway pic.twitter.com/K2LnNfnUQN
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Hodges describes the attackers seeming to expect that he’ll be on their side, because he is white — assuming that his skin color, his racial background, make him one of them, a part of their group. By contrast, he indicates that they are verbally abusive and use racist or xenophobic slurs and attacks with “my Black colleagues, and anyone who’s not white.” He also addressed the homogenous makeup of the crowd, saying that throughout the attack, he personally saw only two women, and two Asian males, but that the vast majority was white men.