Do Republicans “Back the Blue,” as they’re so fond of claiming? One Democrat has challenged those selected to serve on a committee to investigate the January 6th attack on Congress to prove it, by actually standing up for the Capitol Police officers who were injured that day, and the officers who lost their lives following their fight to protect elected officials.
The attack on the Capitol included directed attacks on law enforcement. According to CBS, at least 150 officers, including members of both the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Departments, reported injuries sustained as they tried to keep Trump supporters from getting to members of Congress, and many more sustained minor injuries, including scratches and chemical spray burns, that they didn’t bother to report.
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Now, House Democratic Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is reminding the Republicans who will sit on the House committee to investigate this insurrection attempt that “backing the blue” has to include protecting these officers, and standing up for them after they became victims of an attack carried out on behalf of a sitting President of the United States.
“Hundreds of Capitol Police officers were violently assaulted on January 6th. Republican Members of the House claim to ‘Back the Blue.’ They’ll have an opportunity at the first hearing to keep it real and to demonstrate that those words are not just rhetorical but they really plan to support Capitol Police officers who defended our democracy at great personal cost to themselves on January 6th.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has named the Republicans he would like to join the committee, and is being roundly criticized for choosing members who voted against certifying the election results, and who have been described as potentially turning the committee into a ‘sideshow.’
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