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Pro-Trump radicals target Michael Fanone after testifying about Capitol riots on Jan. 6

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/28/2021 Dave Goldiner

Washington Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone said Wednesday he’s been targeted by pro-Trump radicals over his gripping appearance at the Congressional committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.

Fanone played back an anonymous obscenity-peppered phone message he received overnight that derided him as a traitor and accused him of somehow staging the Jan. 6 riots.

“This is what happens when you tell the truth in Trump’s America,” Fanone, a 20-year veteran cop, told CNN. “I’m in good company.”

a man wearing a uniform: DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone is sworn in before testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. © Provided by New York Daily News DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone is sworn in before testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.

DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone is sworn in before testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/)

Fanone said a big chunk of the American public has been successfully gaslighted by right-wing lawmakers and media figures into believing a different reality about the storming of the Capitol.


Gallery: Metropolitan and US Capitol officers testify before Capitol attack investigation committee (USA TODAY)

“The rhetoric being utilized by our lawmakers and also the entertainment media hosts is leading people to a different set of facts which they operate under,” he said. “In that bizarro world, I’m a crisis actor...and you shouldn’t believe your eyes or ears.”

The officer’s distinctive beard and tattoos make him perhaps the most recognizable of the four cops who testified at the committee’s opening hearing.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone departs following testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol adjourned their first hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2021. © ANDREW HARNIK Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone departs following testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol adjourned their first hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2021.

Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone departs following testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol adjourned their first hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2021. (ANDREW HARNIK/)

He said he “went to hell and back” batting violent insurrectionists that day and suffered severe longterm injuries.

Fanone insisted the shameful tactics would not deter him from speaking out about the attack on the Capitol or those he says are responsible for engineering it.

“The facts are the facts,” Fanone said. “I’m not a crisis actor. That day was as traumatic as it looked whether you look at my body-worn video camera or other video.”

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