Daily Beast: Republicans Celebrated Capitol Police. Then They Voted Against Them

June 19, 2021
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12 Republicans Voted to Block USCP Gold Medals, But Have USCP Signs on Their Offices

From the Speaker's Press Office:

House Republicans love police officers – as long as they don't have to touch them, talk to them on the phone, or honor fallen officers.

The Daily Beast reports that 12 of the 21 Republicans who voted to block Capitol Police from receiving Congressional Gold Medals have shamelessly posted signs outside their offices celebrating the Capitol Police they voted against this week. 

Several of those House Republicans admitted that they voted against the Gold Medal legislation explicitly because it recognized the heroism of Officer Billy Evans who was killed in an April 6 attack on the Capitol. 

House Republicans continue to follow the lead of Minority Leader McCarthy who still refuses to meet Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone one month after pledging to do so while standing in front of a memorial to officers killed in the line of duty. 

Key points from The Daily Beast

These Republicans Celebrated Capitol Police. Then They Voted Against Them

  • On Tuesday afternoon, 21 Republican lawmakers went to the House floor and cast a vote against legislation to bestow Congress’ highest honor on the Capitol Police for their service on Jan. 6.
  • It was a curious vote, even for these Republicans who are among the most loyal pro-Trump—and pro-law enforcement—voices in Congress. But it was made even more curious for 12 of them because of what hangs outside their office doors: signs of support for the Capitol Police.
  • Hundreds of members of Congress have put up signs with the message “Thank You U.S. Capitol Police #heroes” in the months since the Jan. 6 attack, conveying their gratitude toward the men and women who protected them and their staff that day. Nearly all of those members voted to award the Capitol Police the Congressional Gold Medal—just as all Democrats and 188 Republicans did.
  • But 21 Republicans thought otherwise. And among that group, 12 of them displayed pro-police signs outside their offices, according to a Daily Beast review: Reps. Michael Cloud (R-TX), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Chip Roy (R-TX), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Bob Good (R-VA), Barry Moore (R-AL), Mary Miller (R-IL), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Warren Davidson (R-OH), and Scott Perry (R-PA).

 

Boebert

  • It’s unusual to see any Republican shirk from an opportunity to make a public stand behind law enforcement. The legislation, after all, is far from controversial. It’s meant to “honor the sacrifice of heroes” which “exemplify the patriotism and the commitment of Capitol Police officers, and those of other law enforcement agencies, to risk their lives in service of our country.”
  • When contacted by The Daily Beast, most of these lawmakers didn’t respond to requests for comment. The few who did offered varying explanations for their votes and their pro-police displays. But most cited objections with language in the bill’s text, even though two sources with knowledge of the agreement indicated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cleared the inclusion of that language with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and there were no objections. Republicans, after all, have been pushing for that incident to be included in any investigation of the Jan. 6 attack
  • Of particular concern to these Republicans were explicit references to the Capitol attack as an “insurrection”—a quibble that reflects just how far many Republicans, particularly those in this group, have gone to establish a revisionist history of Jan. 6 that downplays the day’s violence and deflects blame from Donald Trump and his supporters.
  • Clyde, for example, said in a recent hearing that Jan. 6 was no different than a “normal tourist visit” at the Capitol. He refused to shake hands Wednesday with USCP officer Joey Fanone, who was beaten and seriously injured in the attack.

Clyde

 

  • Several of the Republicans also explained that they voted against the bill because it contained a reference to an attack in April, when a man rammed his car into a police checkpoint outside the Capitol and killed Officer William Evans. The perpetrator was later determined to be a follower of the Nation of Islam and believed that the government was targeting him.
  • The language concerning Evans was added into the legislation after the legislation first received a vote in March, and its inclusion was apparently enough to push several lawmakers—including Rosendale and Davidson—to rescind their support for the bill.
  • Others preferred to simply not explain it. Asked by The Daily Beast whether the sign outside his office contradicted the message Moore sent with his vote, a spokesperson for the Alabama Republican passed along a succinct response: “No.”