“Disgraceful” that a GOP lawmaker came to the Jan. 6 commemoration

“Disgraceful” that a GOP lawmaker came to the Jan. 6 commemoration

“Disgraceful” that a GOP lawmaker came to the Jan. 6 commemoration

  • Michael Fanone blasted the low GOP attendance at a Jan. 6 memorial service at the Capitol.
  • “It’s an embarrassment to their party and it’s disgraceful behavior,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
  • Multiple outlets reported that Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the sole GOP lawmaker at Friday’s event.

Former DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone blasted Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Friday for their tenuous attendance at a memorial ceremony honoring law enforcement officials who protected the complex during the Capitol riot and the lack of support as called “disgraceful”.

Fanone, who served as a metropolitan officer for about 20 years before retiring from the force in December 2021, told CNN that while he doesn’t want to paint anyone “with a broad brush,” he criticized the GOP’s reaction to the event as an “embarrassment” for the party.

Multiple outlets, including insiders, reported that only GOP congressman — Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — appeared to be in attendance at the Friday ceremony dominated by Democratic lawmakers.

“For the past two years of speaking openly about January 6, I’ve tried to walk a fine line when it comes to condemning Republicans,” Fanone said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “No one likes to be painted with a broad brush. Law enforcement certainly doesn’t like that, and I don’t think all Republicans are sympathetic to the MAGA agenda.”

He continued, “Nonetheless, it is very difficult to defend the Republican Party when even one of its members takes the time to come forward and support the law enforcement who defended them that day. It’s a shame. It’s an embarrassment to their party and it’s shameful behavior.”

Fanone, who received the Presidential Citizens Medal — one of the nation’s highest civilian honors — from President Joe Biden during a White House ceremony on Friday, condemned the low GOP attendance at the Capitol event.

“As someone who has previously endorsed Republican candidates, it’s shameful,” the former police officer told Tapper. “But they seem to be a party at this point, there’s no shame in that.”

After the Capitol Ceremony, Fitzpatrick, a former special agent with the FBI oversight, told Insider’s Bryan Metzger that he would like to attend the ceremony.

“I wanted to be here,” he said.

Fitzpatrick told ABC News January 6 was “a terrible day that we must never allow again.”

Republicans were still mired in a leadership crisis Friday morning amid a revolt on the party’s right flank — as Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California had yet to win the House Speakership — with a morning GOP conference call overlapping with the ceremony. According to the insider, however, the ceremony wrapped up minutes after the scheduled conference call began, and the House didn’t resume its attempts to select a speaker until noon that day.

The Jan. 6 ceremony focused on commemorating law enforcement officers – including Brian D. Sicknick – who died after the riot, along with four police officers who died by suicide after the attack.

Sicknick — who beat back the mob in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — suffered two strokes and died the next day of natural causes, according to Washington, D.C. coroner Francisco J. Diaz, with the medical official stating that “everything has at played a role in his condition.”

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