Capitol officer Harry Dunn responds to right-wing attacks: ‘Can’t put Band-Aid on my emotions’
"If I came here with my arm in a sling or a bandage around my head, would that give me more credibility?" Dunn asked CNN.
A Black Capitol Police officer who testified Tuesday before the House of Representatives electoral committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot on Capitol Hill is responding to right-wing critics who question his integrity.
US Capitol Police Private First Class Harry Dunn performed on Don Lemon Tonight Wednesday where he told the CNN anchor, “You know what hurts more or as much as what happened on the 6th. The attacks. The attacks on our credibility and that we lie and do not love our country and that we are fake cops and not real cops. "
U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn testifies during Tuesday's House Select Committee hearing investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds-Pool / Getty Images)
The 13-year-old veteran's character has been attacked by Fox News experts, including Tucker Carlson, who called him "an angry left-wing political activist."
“But it turns out that Dunn has very little in common with the average cop. Dunn is an angry left wing political activist whose social media feeds don't happen to be full of praise for Nancy Pelosi, "Carlson said, referring to a Twitter post in which Dunn said," Racism is so American that if you protest against, people think you are protesting America! ”His tweet was released in July 2019 the day after former President Donald Trump verbally assaulted Minnesota Democratic MP Ilhan Omar at a rally in North Carolina where he enticed his supporters to chant "Send her back!"
Dunn, who was verbally assaulted during the riot but had not suffered any serious physical assault, asked if that would make him more reliable. He said dealing with comments like Carlson's was "more than frustrating".
"If I came here with my arm in a sling or a bandage around my head, would that give me more credibility?" Dunn wondered aloud in front of Lemon's audience.
"Sorry, I can't patch my emotions or my brain, my psychological - my way of thinking," he added. “I can't put a plaster on it. All I have are my words. "
Dunn joined US Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and DC Metropolitan Police Officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges to testify before the bipartisan committee Tuesday. The four expressed the physical and emotional wounds they suffered after thousands of Trump supporters attacked dozens of authorities to enter the Capitol and stop certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
"More than six months later, January 6th is still not over for me," Dunn told the House panel. "I know so many other officers are still injured, both physically and emotionally." He testified that he was called the N word several times that day. He testified that "no one has ever called me, in a Capitol Police Officer's uniform, n-r".
Lemon asked his guest if he believed the House Select Committee will come up with the answers it is looking for that day. Dunn replied, "Call me crazy, but I kind of believe that the government will be successful in the long run ... even if I don't agree with the outcome."
He said there should be an in-depth investigation of "not just the left, not just the right".
Hundreds of people were arrested for participating in the January 6th Capitol Riot that killed five, including Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer whose mother Dunn and Fanone met in face-to-face meetings with lawmakers.
"Anyone involved in the January 6th failures," Dunn told CNN viewers, "must be held accountable."
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