ICYMI: Rep. Joe Morelle Calls Out House G.O.P.’s False, Dangerous Narrative Around Noncitizen Voting Legislation

“They’re going to, once again, challenge the results of the election and they need to have a reason.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, at 10:30am ET, the Republican-led House Administration Committee is holding a markup of their latest Big Lie Bill (H.R. 8281) that further fearmongers the false narrative of noncitizens voting in U.S. elections. It is an anti-democratic and xenophobic bill focused on an issue that is already illegal in federal elections. In a recent New York Times article, Rep. Joe Morelle, the Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee, pushed back against this false narrative from MAGA Republicans and called out their blatant attempt to sow doubt in this year’s election results. 

“‘They don’t ever bring any evidence of actual fraudulent efforts being made by non-U.S. citizens to vote in federal elections,’ said Representative Joseph D. Morelle of New York, the top Democrat on the Administration Committee. ‘So I think it’s pretty clear, pretty quickly, that this is all a pretext. They’re going to, once again, challenge the results of the election and they need to have a reason.’”

According to the article, “Nearly 40 percent of the adult voting population did not cast a ballot in the last presidential election, and Mr. Morelle argued that further roadblocks would only make it more difficult for Americans to participate. ‘It’s just another way of stopping people from voting,’ Mr. Morelle said of the G.O.P. legislation. ‘I mean, they just continue to suppress the ability of people to vote.’”

To view the full article, click HERE.

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ICYMI: Rep. Joe Morelle shows MAGA Republicans are using their latest Big Lie bill for another insurrection

“We have been here before. We cannot ignore the potential for another January 6.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Joe Morelle (NY-25), the Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee, published an op-ed in The Hill, laying out how MAGA Republicans have begun to lay the foundation for another January 6th. This important warning comes as the committee held a hearing regarding MAGA Republicans’ bogus, unnecessary Big Lie Bill targeting non-citizens. It is a blatant attempt to advance an extreme anti-democratic agenda ahead of this year’s elections.

According to Rep. Morelle, “We are watching the same cast of characters performing from the same script. In 2020, MAGA extremists made false claims that the election was fraudulent and stolen, a carefully crafted narrative that many of our House Majority colleagues participated in. Speaker Mike Johnson even tried to disenfranchise millions of Americans by leading an amicus brief to overturn the free, fair and secure 2020 election.”

“Now, the former president and his allies in the House are doubling down on their efforts to undermine the sanctity of our elections, with the false claim that millions of noncitizens are voting in our federal elections.”

“Here’s the part they’re not saying out loud: Speaker Johnson and House Republicans are not actually concerned about noncitizens voting in federal elections. They admit they have no evidence to back up their claims. Their real ambition is to lay the groundwork for blame and obfuscation to do violence to the Constitution and deny the people their say in the outcome of this election.”

“We have been here before. We cannot ignore the potential for another January 6…When tomorrow’s historians write about Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2024 election — and they surely will — they will eviscerate the Speaker’s insidious bill and they will condemn the pitiful actions of House Republican apologists. The record will be clear, and the verdict of history will be harsh.“

To view the full op-ed, click HERE.

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Courage for America Condemns Introduction of Another Bill Perpetuating the Big Lie

“The introduction of this bill reaffirms the fact that MAGA Republicans refuse to accept the truth about the 2020 election and will stop at nothing to further their anti-democratic agenda.” 

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Courage for America released the following statement in response to the House and Senate introduction of the so-called “Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act.” This legislation is a byproduct of the continuous spreading of misinformation surrounding the 2020 election and the legitimacy of the election results.

“Instead of uplifting legislation that focuses on the needs of working families, MAGA Republicans in Congress are pushing their anti-democratic agenda that does nothing to support our democracy or the American people. The introduction of this bill reaffirms the fact that MAGA Republicans refuse to accept the truth about the 2020 election and will stop at nothing to further their anti-democratic agenda,” said José Morales, spokesperson for Courage for America. “It’s already illegal for non-citizens to cast a ballot in federal elections and states have secure systems in place to prevent non-citizens from voting. Numerous studies confirm that these concerns are baseless, but MAGA Republicans are using xenophobia as a vehicle to push the Big Lie further. Congress has a responsibility to defend our democracy from extremists’ threats, and a duty to certify the results of free and fair elections. It’s time that they begin to do so instead of undermining democracy.”

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“In His Mind Elections are Honest If He Wins Them. And They are Dishonest or Rigged if He Loses”: Officer Michael Fanone Denounces Trump’s Authoritarian 2024 Plan and Refusal to Commit to a Peaceful Election Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Courage for America Councilmember and former Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone spoke with Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show to discuss the danger and gravity of Trump’s 2024 plan if he does not win the 2024 presidential election as well as Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful certification of the election results. Below is a transcript of the interview: 

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Jonathan Capehart: Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to pardon January 6th insurrectionists. That could potentially include the man who attacked you with a stun gun. What do you think of that possibility? 

Officer Michael Fanone: I think it is sickening. I mean the idea that a president or presidential candidate in the United States of America would align himself with individuals who assaulted police officers, who were simply doing their job like myself on January 6th, 2021 at the United States Capitol. 

Capehart: Michael, some are still downplaying what happened on January 6th, including Republicans who were there. Listen to what Senator JD Vance said on CNN on Wednesday. 

B-roll of Senator JD Vance on CNN’s The Source with Kaitlan Collins

Senator JD Vance: I am extremely skeptical that Mike Pence’s life was ever in danger. I think politics and politics people like to really exaggerate things from time to time. 

Kaitlan Collins: I think Mike Pence would disagree with that, Senator. 

Vance: A lot of folks in the Democratic Party, Kaitlan, act like January 6th was the scariest moment of their lives. Look, January 6th was a bad day. It was a riot. But the idea that Donald Trump endangered anyone’s lives when he told them to protest peacefully, it’s just absurd. 

End of B-roll 

Capehart: Officer Fanone, why are he and others continuously trying to rewrite the history of that day? 

Fanone: Because it doesn’t serve their own interests and the interests of their political party, the Republican party. I mean, listen, I understand how inconvenient it is for people like JD Vance and other Republicans to admit that it was their leader, former president Donald Trump who inspired and incited an insurrection on January 6th at the United States Capitol, in an attempt to subvert democracy and hold on to power. With that being said, that is the reality. This is not a policy debate. This is a debate as to the reality of a day inspired by a Republican leader, carried out by his supporters in an act of extreme violence, brutal violence against police officers. 

Capehart: Officer Fanone, when asked in that TIME Magazine interview about the prospect of political violence regarding the outcome of November’s election, Trump said, and I am quoting, “it depends. It always depends on the fairness of an election.” Is that an invitation to his supporters to carry out another January 6th, do you think?  

Fanone: Absolutely. Everything in that article was exactly what I have come to expect from the former president. His statements are in his own self-interest and not what is best for this country. And they are sick. You know, the idea that he would refuse to commit to the peaceful transfer of power, one of the most basic fundamental principles of any United States politician in adhering to the U.S. Constitution. And he refuses to do that. We all know why. In his mind elections are honest if he wins them. And they are dishonest or rigged if he loses. 60+ courts in the previous election told us that this was an honest and fair election and that Donald Trump lost, and Joe Biden is our president. 

To view the full interview, click HERE

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Courage for America Launches Ad Buy in Five Congressional Districts Condemning Trump’s Dangerous Support of Insurrectionists

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Courage for America launched a new digital ad campaign highlighting former President Donald Trump’s interview with TIME Magazine, in which Trump condoned political violence following the 2024 election if he does not win. He also expressed clear intentions to “absolutely” consider pardoning Jan. 6 insurrectionists, along with other plans for continuing the dangerous MAGA agenda. The ads will run all week on Meta in five districts:

  • Rep. Mike Garcia (CA-27)
  • Rep. Jen Kiggans (VA-02)
  • Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)
  • Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-01)
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

“No one will ever forget where they were when insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election. That dark day in American history was an attack on our democracy, and former President Trump’s outlined priorities if he wins the 2024 signal ongoing threats to our democracy,” said José Morales, spokesperson for Courage for America. “Speaker Mike Johnson and MAGA Republicans are continuing to push this blatantly anti-democratic and unpopular agenda through Congress. We remain committed to calling attention to extremist threats to our democracy.”

The ad features the following text from “How Far Will Trump Go,” which highlights how CFA Councilmember Officer Michael Fanone survived the insurrection:

The events of Jan. 6, during which a pro-Trump mob attacked the center of American democracy in an effort to subvert the peaceful transfer of power, was a profound stain on his legacy. Trump has sought to recast an insurrectionist riot as an act of patriotism. “I call them the J-6 patriots,” he says. When I ask whether he would consider pardoning every one of them, he says, “Yes, absolutely.”

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About Courage for America

Courage for America is a campaign advised by a council of proud Americans speaking out against an extreme MAGA agenda that puts money and power over the rights and freedoms of the American people. The campaign is amplifying the voices of Americans in communities across the country — veterans, educators, faith leaders, and more — to demand the People’s House works for the people. courageforamerica.org 

Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and Officer Michael Fanone Condemn Trump’s Plan for Dangerous Agenda if He Wins 2024 Election, Suggestion of Violence if He Loses

“We cannot let Trump’s violent extremism once again see the light of day” 

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Courage for America Councilmembers Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and Officer Michael Fanone, both severely injured from defending the Capitol on January 6th, responded to former President Donald Trump’s interview with TIME Magazine, in which Trump condoned political violence following the 2024 election if he does not win. He also expressed clear intentions to “absolutely” consider pardoning Jan. 6 insurrectionists, along with other plans for continuing the dangerous MAGA agenda.

“It’s absolutely horrendous and tremendously concerning that Donald Trump is fueling and encouraging political violence — violence which is undemocratic and solely for the benefit of pushing his extreme agenda,” said Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, Courage for America Councilmember. “Donald Trump wants to pick up right where he left off and flood the country with his un-American and dangerous agenda. MAGA Republicans in Congress are also aligned with him, which makes the threat to our democracy even more clear. I nearly lost my life on January 6th, and I continue to suffer from the impact it has had on me and my life. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, even my worst enemy. Trump’s agenda cannot become a reality.”

“We cannot let Trump’s violent extremism once again see the light of day. He’s now saying the quiet part out loud, and I will not stand by while our democracy is on the line. Knowing what Trump is capable of, I’m not willing to take any chances, and neither should anyone else,” said Officer Michael Fanone, Courage for America Councilmember. “Trump and House Republicans continue to defend insurrectionists — the same insurrectionists who tried to kill me and my fellow officers — and perpetuate the Big Lie that he won the 2020 election. It disgusts me that he’s so proud to push this insidious plan to uproot our democracy. Donald Trump has been, and continues to be, a proud spokesperson for political violence in this country, and I look forward to the day we are no longer subjected to him or his MAGA lap dogs in Congress.”

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Officer Michael Fanone Condemns Speaker Johnson’s Characterization of January 6 Rioters as “People Who Were Just There”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, former D.C. Police Officer and Courage for America Councilmember Michael Fanone, who was severely injured defending the Capitol on January 6th, condemned Speaker Mike Johnson’s characterization of January 6th rioters as “people who were just there and happened to be walking through the building.” Click here to watch the TV clip.

“This B.S. needs to stop. Though politically inconvenient for the likes of Speaker Johnson, the thousands of people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were violent rioters who assaulted hundreds of police officers and tried to harm and kill our elected leaders. If the lies that led to the January 6th insurrection do not stop, history will repeat itself,” said Officer Michael Fanone. “This is the Speaker of the House who has a duty to support and defend the Constitution. He should know better.”

Officer Fanone’s January 6 Body Cam Footage:

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About Courage for America

Courage for America is a campaign advised by a council of proud Americans speaking out against an extreme MAGA agenda that puts money and power over the rights and freedoms of the American people. The campaign is amplifying the voices of Americans in communities across the country — veterans, educators, faith leaders, and more — to demand the People’s House works for the people. courageforamerica.org

Roundup: Officer Michael Fanone, House Members Highlight Severity of January 6 at Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, pro-democracy Members of Congress and former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone, who was severely injured while defending the Capitol on January 6th, highlighted the importance of remembering the severity of the attack on the U.S. Capitol at the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. At the hearing, extreme Republicans attempted to avert attention from the events of January 6th and minimize the detrimental impact the insurrection had on our democracy and society.

Below is a roundup including transcripts of noteworthy moments from the hearing

Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee, Rep. Stacey Paskett

Rep. Plaskett: At the end of the day, the purpose of this hearing is to minimize what happened on January 6th, and the lawful prosecution of individuals who were engaged in that practice. The Chairman wants us to believe that people are being persecuted for their political conduct rather than their criminal behavior. So basically, he’s trying to tell us that everyone who’s been indicted and prosecuted for January 6th, did not engage in criminal conduct? That’s the logic of what of he’s saying and it’s… we’ve just come so low in this House. It’s just frightening to me.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

To view Officer Fanone’s body camera footage shown during Rep. Plaskett’s opening remarks, click HERE


Officer Fanone: Within the context of this particular investigation… one of the reasons why I believe that the FBI would have sought voluntary compliance as opposed to applying for a warrant is the sheer magnitude of the event. You had literally 1000s of people who participated again on the attack on the Capitol on January 6, and then in an abundance of caution, and really the responsibility of the FBI and those other investigating agencies is to ensure that that violence does not occur again at our inauguration, which was only about two weeks after that. And so, I think it wholly appropriate, as you just said, it’s completely within our capabilities as law enforcement agencies to seek voluntary compliance from these institutions to investigate criminal acts or potential criminal acts.

Rep. Plaskett: Thank you. So there was an imminent threat on the American people, on the homeland, that being individuals who said they were going to come back and finish the job that they had started on January 6, to try and stop the emplacement of Joe Biden as President of the United States.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Colin Allred 

Rep. Allred: “I was on the House floor on January 6th. We haven’t had a chance to talk, but I know you have kids. I have… —my wife was at home with our son Jordan, he wasn’t yet two…— she was seven months pregnant. And thanks to your bravery, the bravery of your colleagues, of true patriots who defended this Capitol. I believe I got to meet my son Cameron.”

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Officer Fanone, what’s your response to those who say that no police officers were killed by the events on January 6th, 2021?

Officer Fanone: Well, my thoughts on Officer Brian Sicknick, obviously, Brian Sicknick’s cause of death was ruled unrelated to the Capitol riot. That being said, I think that good, decent people would understand that if it were not for his participation in the defense of this Capitol on January 6th against a violent mob, Brian Sicknick would be here with us today. I understand, I think better than most, the post traumatic stress that accompanied my participation in defending the Capitol on January 6th and then enduring the mischaracterization or lies about what I experienced that day from people in positions of power, many of whom were here at the Capitol themselves. I understand what brought many officers to taking their own lives and I certainly attribute their actions to their participation in defense of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Thank you. Mr. Chairman and my Republican colleagues. Once again, I ask that you stop trivializing the violent assault the entire world saw that day both to our democracy and to our law enforcement. And please do not cavalierly discard financial information as a law enforcement tool to prevent the next January 6th. 

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Gerry Connolly 

Rep. Connolly: The Republican Conference Chair, Elise Stefanik, recently said people who are being imprisoned for crimes committed during January 6 are “hostages.” Do you agree, yes or no,— that the people who have been arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced and are serving those sentences are in fact “hostages”?

Mr. Knight: I have not studied that. My initial inclination is no. And if I can elaborate, I have not read all the transcripts of all the convictions, but I will assume…—

Rep. Connolly: Thank you. I just find it interesting that you can opine about amendments to the Constitution and infringements and warrants, but you haven’t really looked at the issue of whether people who committed crimes on January 6 are hostages or not. Thank you for that moral equivocation. Officer Fanone, maybe you don’t want to equivocate. What do you think? I mean, I’m listening to my colleagues. I’m listening to this testimony, and apparently you got it wrong. On January 6, there were peaceful citizens simply protesting on behalf of their First, Second, and Fourth amendment rights, carrying Bibles, who had just assembled peacefully to express themselves here in the Capitol. Isn’t that what you encountered on January 6?

Officer Fanone: That couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean, my encounter was brutal. It was violent. It involved a number of individuals restraining me, beating me, at least one individual while I was being restrained, beaten, subjecting me to electroshock from a taser device on my neck. All the while, resulting in injuries I sustained as a traumatic brain injury as well as a heart attack.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Sylvia Garcia

Rep. Garcia: Within hours, the Capitol was overrun by domestic terrorists sent there by President Trump. I don’t mean terrorists in some academic or legal or political science definition. I mean, I was terrified. My staff with me was terrified. And many of my colleagues around me, both Democrat and Republican because this is not a partisan issue, were also terrified. Now some of my colleagues have already forgotten the violence and terror that we all experienced together. And we’ve heard some of the comments, they think they should be called hostages. They think they should be treated as patriots. Well, they were terrorists, plain and simple in my books.


Rep. Garcia: As you reflect now do you see the connection? Do you see what really was happening that day? It was not just the violence of the mob, but it was the attack on everything that we stand for as a country?

Officer Fanone: Yes, ma’am. That’s my assessment.

Rep. Garcia: Thank you. Many members have publicly spoken about and recorded memories of their experiences. And we know that many, many members of Congress have struggled with trauma from that day.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. Lynch: Officer Fanone, as a former Metropolitan Police officer,could you please tell us how the promulgation of false narratives like, “this is just a tourist visit” or “simple vandalism,” how that distorted description affects your ability to do your job?

Officer Fanone: Thank you for the question. Well, essentially the distortions, mischaracterizations, and lies about January 6th resulted in, or at least partially played a role in me leaving my job as a Metropolitan police officer. They have inspired fellow Americans to threaten me, threaten members of my family simply because of the statements that I’ve made about my experience both on January 6th 2021 and in the aftermath.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Linda Sánchez

Rep. Sánchez: Officer Fanone in your experience. Is it appropriate for law enforcement to use all lawfully available tools in the investigation of somebody who’s threatening the family of members of public officials or journalists?

Officer Fanone: Yes, ma’am. It’s not only appropriate, it’s law enforcement’s responsibility to do so.

Rep. Sánchez: Would it be a dereliction of duty if you didn’t use every lawfully available tool to you to try to prevent a crime from happening or to solve a crime that has already happened?

Officer Fanone: Yes, ma’am. I believe so.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. John Garamendi

Rep. Garamendi: Unfortunately, what’s happened here in this hearing is that we’ve taken the January 6th issue, the insurrection, the violence, the harm that came to officer Fanone and others and morphed it into a larger question of our civil liberties. That’s unfortunate. But here we are using this hearing to somehow degrade the violence and the insurrection itself and the ultimate effort to destroy our democracy.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

Rep. Dan Goldman

The fact of the matter is, we are once again here on a completely sham rationale. There was no First Amendment or Fourth Amendment violation around January 6th. This is simply another effort to whitewash what happened on January 6th.

To view a video clip of this moment, click HERE

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About Courage for America

Courage For America is a campaign advised by a council of proud Americans speaking out against an extreme MAGA agenda that puts money and power over the rights and freedoms of the American people. The campaign is amplifying the voices of Americans in communities across the country — veterans, educators, faith leaders, and more — to demand the People’s House works for the people. courageforamerica.org

Courage for America Condemns Rep. Good for Cosponsoring Gaetz’ Resolution Downplaying Trump’s Role in Deadly Insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, MAGA extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives in a deliberate attempt to minimize former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the deadly insurrection that occurred on January 6, 2021. Dozens of Republicans in Congress, including Rep. Bob Good (VA-05), have cosponsored the resolution—once again showing that the U.S. House is controlled by the most extreme and out-of-touch members of the Republican caucus.

“MAGA Republicans like Congressmen Gaetz and Good are relentlessly trying to rewrite history by minimizing the insurrection and downplaying the role Donald Trump played in inciting it,” said Courage for America spokesperson Albert Fujii in response. “From defending the criminals that left five people dead and over 140 officers injured, to continuing to spread baseless conspiracy theories about the attack, it’s clear these extremists would rather fan the flames of political violence than defend the Constitution they were sworn to protect. Rep. Good must answer to his constituents for this betrayal.”

“This resolution is a slap in the face to those of us who almost lost everything defending the Capitol on January 6th, including protecting some of the very Members of Congress who are now attempting to rewrite history to exonerate former President Trump,” said Officer Michael Fanone, a former D.C. police officer who was seriously injured while defending the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. 

Rep. Good’s record speaks for itself:

  • Good voted to overturn the election results in 2020.
  • Good also voted against establishing the bipartisan January 6th investigative committees.

Text of the Resolution:

“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not “engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.’”

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Courage for America Condemns Rep. Stefanik for Cosponsoring Gaetz’ Resolution Downplaying Trump’s Role in Deadly Insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, MAGA extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives in a deliberate attempt to minimize former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the deadly insurrection that occurred on January 6, 2021. Dozens of Republicans in Congress, including Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY-21) have cosponsored the resolution—once again showing that the U.S. House is controlled by the most extreme and out-of-touch members of the Republican caucus.

“MAGA Republicans like Stefanik and Gaetz are relentlessly trying to rewrite history by minimizing the insurrection and downplaying the role Donald Trump played in inciting it,” said Courage for America spokesperson Albert Fujii in response. “From defending the criminals that left five people dead and over 140 officers injured, to continuing to spread baseless conspiracy theories about the attack, it’s clear these extremists would rather fan the flames of political violence than defend the Constitution they were sworn to protect. Stefanik must answer to her constituents for this betrayal.”

“This resolution is a slap in the face to those of us who almost lost everything defending the Capitol on January 6th, including protecting some of the very Members of Congress who are now attempting to rewrite history to exonerate former President Trump,” said Officer Michael Fanone, a former D.C. police officer who was seriously injured while defending the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Rep. Stefanik’s record speaks for itself:

  • Stefanik voted to overturn the election results in 2020.
  • Stefanik voted against establishing the bipartisan January 6th investigative committees.
  • Stefanik signed onto a ridiculous legal effort led by now-Speaker Mike Johnson, which supported a Texas lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of votes and overturn the election results from four key swing states that President Joe Biden won.
  • Stefanik—without evidence—supports election audits in states like Arizona.
  • Stefanik called the prosecutions of former President Donald Trump, which are based on witness testimony and mountains of damning evidence, a “sham” and “a dark day for our country.”

Text of the Resolution:

“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not “engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.’”

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Officer Michael Fanone Slams Matt Gaetz’ Resolution Minimizing Trump’s Jan. 6 Involvement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, former D.C. Police Officer and Courage for America Councilmember Michael Fanone released the following statement responding to Rep. Matt Gaetz’ introduction of a resolution attempting to minimize former President Trump’s involvement on January 6, 2021. Officer Fanone was severely injured while defending the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

“This resolution is a slap in the face to those of us who almost lost everything defending the Capitol on January 6th, including protecting some of the very Members of Congress who are now attempting to rewrite history to exonerate former President Trump. But no piece of paper signed by a group of spineless extremists will ever change the facts about that dark day: the insurrection was violent, it was deadly and it will happen again if we do not expunge the MAGA ideology that stoked the flames of insurrection in the first place. Rep. Matt Gaetz and every supporter of this resolution must be held accountable for their lies and un-American efforts to undermine our democracy.”

TEXT OF RESOLUTION:

“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not “engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.’”

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ICYMI: Michael Fanone says Matt Gaetz’s efforts to clear Trump of committing insurrection are part of his ‘endless ass-kissing campaign’

“Fanone said he was certain that electoral-related violence would return, saying it ‘never stopped after January 6th.’”

BUSINESS INSIDER, Madison Hall, February 2, 2024 

As Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz continues to circulate a drafted resolution saying former President Donald Trump didn’t “engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof,” retired DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone isn’t surprised. …

In late January, the Daily Mail reported Gaetz’s office had begun sending emails of the resolution to members of the House who’ve endorsed Trump’s reelection campaign. It noted that 27 Republican members had already signed on as co-sponsors.

A week later, on Wednesday, The New Republic reported that Gaetz had stepped up his co-sponsor recruitment effort, handing out physical copies of the resolution at the Capitol to various members. Gaetz has yet to file the resolution, but Politico reported that same day it would likely be coming soon. …

“I don’t know how circulating a letter signed by a bunch of Republicans has any bearing on reality or would be seen as some type of contradictory evidence as to what we all saw unfold on January 6th and what we’ve all learned from Republicans…”

Fanone said he was certain that electoral-related violence would return, saying it “never stopped after January 6th.” …

Read the full article here.

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