Washington, DC – Support for the Congressional panel investigating the Capitol riot dropped significantly after four police officers who fought rioters during the melee testified at a hearing on Tuesday.
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and USCP Officer Harry Dunn testified as representatives of the police force tasked with keeping members of Congress and their staff safe with the U.S. Capitol complex, The Washington Post reported.
DC Metropolitan Police Officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges testified on behalf of the DC police officers who were called in to help the Capitol Police after thousands of former President Donald Trump’s supporters rushed the Capitol building after a rally on the Ellipse.
Officer Fanone has done countless media appearances since the Capitol riot and made headlines after he demanded to meet with GOP Congressional leadership to discuss the riot.
The angry officer did not hold his temper or show any respect to the lawmakers as he addressed the committee on July 27, NPR reported.
He complained he felt “like I went to hell and back” to protect some Republican lawmakers who have been “downplaying or outright denying what happened” on Jan. 6.
“The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful!” the officer yelled at the committee members and pounded on the witness table during the hearing. “Nothing, truly nothing has prepared me to address those elected members of our government who continue to deny the events of that day. And in doing so betray their oath of office.”
Officer Hodges repeatedly called the mob who breached the Capitol building “terrorists” during his testimony and said that to his “perpetual confusion, I saw the ‘thin blue line’ flag, the symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us,” NPR reported.
He said he was fighting to protect “democracy” that day.
Officer Dunn cried as he testified that rioters had called him racial slurs, NPR reported.
“No one had ever, ever called me a n—-er while wearing the uniform of a Capitol Police officer,” he told the committee.
Democrats had hoped the heartfelt testimony by the officers would pull at voters’ heartstrings.
Only 49 percent of voters who were polled said they actually watched part or all of the hearing on July 27.
And among voters from all parties, only 53 percent support the investigation, which was down from 66 percent who said they supported it in June, and 58 percent who said they supported it one week before the hearing, the New York Post reported.
Four out of five Democrats said they were in favor of continuing the Capitol riot investigation, but only one-quarter of Republicans and one-half of Independent voters supported it.
Interestingly, the number of voters who blamed former President Donald Trump for the Capitol riot dropped from 61 percent in June to 56 percent after the hearing, the New York Post reported.
Democrats were disappointed by the survey results because they had thought the first hearing with such dramatic testimony by police officers would make more Americans demand answers about what happened on Jan. 6.
Instead, the Morning Consult/Politico poll results showed the opposite, the New York Post reported.
Multiple surveys showed the same slide downward in interest in the Capitol riot investigation.
CBS News and Rasmussen both reported a decline in interest in the days leading up to the first hearing, the New York Post reported.