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Two Lawmakers Claim That A Republican Colleague Refused To Shake The Hand Of A Capitol Riot Officer.
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Two Lawmakers Claim That A Republican Colleague Refused To Shake The Hand Of A Capitol Riot Officer.


Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) refused to shake the hand of a Washington, D.C., police officer who was beaten by members of the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to two congressmen.

Clyde, who tried to downplay the deadly riot last month as a "normal tourist visit," was one of 21 House Republicans who voted against awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded to the insurgency on Tuesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) stated that D.C. police officer Michael Fanone approached Clyde at the Capitol on Wednesday, introduced himself as “someone who fought to defend the Capitol,” and extended his hand.

“Clyde refused to shake it, so [House Republicans] will dishonor the cops to honor Trump,” Swalwell tweeted.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, confirmed the story after calling Fanone. “This is truly incredible,” Kinzinger said.

A request for comment from Clyde's office was not immediately returned.

I just called Officer Fanone and confirmed this story. This is incredible. He also relayed an interaction he had with another member's Chief of Staff that was incredibly bad and disrespectful. https://t.co/fERYjK6dWg — Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 16, 2021

On Jan. 6, Fanone suffered a heart attack and concussion after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun and beaten with pipes by supporters of former President Donald Trump at the Capitol.

In the months since, he has spoken out against politicians who have attempted to rewrite history and deny facts about the atrocities he witnessed that day.

“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials... whitewash the events that day, or downplay what happened,” he said in April, adding, “I experienced the most brutal, savage, hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans nearly two decades.”

Kinzinger, one of only a few Republicans to condemn Trump's efforts to destabilize the 2020 election, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that it was terrible that officers who risked their lives did not have the support of some of those they were protecting.

“Every now and then, I think we have to be at the bottom of how low we can go,” Kinzinger told the Post. “You don’t have to admit you should have voted for [the Gold Medal] by shaking a guy’s hand; the presence of these heroes can make some people uncomfortable.”

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