Mother of DC officer injured by Capitol mob outraged by Trump's claim rioters were 'hugging and kissing' cops

Mother of DC officer injured by Capitol mob outraged by Trump's claim rioters were 'hugging and kissing' cops

The outraged mother of a Washington, D.C., police officer is pushing back against former President Donald Trump's recent unfounded claim suggesting his enraged supporters were "hugging and kissing" cops amid the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

On Monday, March 29, Terry Fanone, the mother of D.C. police officer Michael Fanone, appeared on CNN with Don Lemon. She criticized the former president's attempt to paint a pleasant picture of the deadly riots. Fanone also made it clear that her son's harrowing experience with the Capitol rioters was nothing like the loving embrace Trump recently depicted during his recent interview.

"For us, for our family, and for each and every police officer that I know that Michael's in touch with constantly, it's outrageous. It's so dehumanizing. It's so devaluing," she said.

On Jan. 6, Michael Fanone suffered a heart attack and a concussion after suffering a brutal assault at the hands of Capitol rioters. According to Terry Fanone, her son was "was stun-gunned several times, beaten with a flagpole" and he "heard people screaming, 'Kill him with his own gun.'"

Mom of police officer injured in riot outraged by Trump's lie

As a result of the brutal assault, he is also dealing with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. "That doesn't even begin to tell the story," Terry Fanone told Lemon as she recounted her son's disturbing experience. "It doesn't even begin to tell the story of what our family went through and what he went through that day."

Terry Fanone's remarks come just days after Trump appeared on Fox News last Thursday. At the time, he criticized the amplified security at the U.S. Capitol which he described as "disgraceful" and a "political maneuver," reports CNN.

"It was zero threat, right from the start, it was zero threat. Look, they went in, they shouldn't have done it. Some of them went in, and they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know, they had great relationships," Trump said. "A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in and they walked out."

Despite Trump's attempt to downplay the severity and danger of the Capitol riots, five people lost their lives. More than 200 individuals are also facing charges for their participation in the insurrection on the U.S Capitol as the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department investigations continue.


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