MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart burst into tears while discussing the January 6 Capitol protests with ex-Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone on Saturday.
“Thank you for what you did three years ago today. Please, tell me your thoughts on this third anniversary,” Capehart said while fighting back tears.
“We are still in the midst of the fight that began on Jan. 6, 2021, and we have a lot at stake in this country. And I think that it deserves every American’s attention,” Fanone replied.
Fanone is among a group of Capitol Police officers who became overnight heroes to people who spent nine months chanting “all cops are bastards” and “no justice, no peace.” After “rioting is the language of the unheard” was used to justify months-long riots and assaults on police, the same people have heaped praise upon Fanone and his colleagues, such as Harry Dunn, for their “heroism” displayed during the minor riot.
His testimony was used by Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee, which defied congressional rules by not allowing then House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to appoint his own members.
Elsewhere in the interview, Capehart asked Fanone about former President Donald Trump’s promise to pardon January 6 prisoners if re-elected.
“How damaging is it for Trump to label those violent rioters who were criminally charged and convicted as hostages?” the MSNBC host asked.
“I mean, you’ve got to think about those individuals that received those lengthy sentences. They did so because a) they engaged in an Insurrection. But their actions that day were violent, and that violence was directed towards law enforcement officers. And so… I think it’s clear that they deserve the sentences that they received,” Fanone replied.
“But by Donald Trump referring to them as hostages and speaking about them sympathetically, he’s lending his authority as the former president to their actions,” he added.