Mr. Fanone and several other officers testified Tuesday before the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot. Mr Fanone shared that he was beaten, dragged down the stairs of the Capitol, repeatedly shocked by a stun gun and suffered a concussion as well as a mild heart attack. He told lawmakers the events had traumatized him.
Carlson laughed after playing the clip of Mr. Fanone making the claim, suggesting that it would be more appropriate if he had been traumatized by the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
His colleague, Laura Ingraham, presented sarcastic awards to various officers and politicians for their “performances”, cynically suggesting that participants were exaggerating or being false in their testimonies.
Mr. Fanone appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to discuss the hearing, and presenter John Berman asked him what he thought of the comments made by Fox News hosts.
The officer recalled other times he had served on court in the line of duty and noted that he “always felt more comfortable when defense lawyers resorted to theatrical tactics. because I knew they had no more facts to back up their argument, and so they must have insulted me, insulted my appearance or, you know, tried to undermine my credibility. ”
He said that in the case of his testimony, there were “hundreds of hours of video recording” to back up his words, as well as eyewitness testimony, calling the facts incontrovertible. He said he “didn’t care” if Fox News hosts or other critics wanted to try and disparage him over his neck tattoos or pretend he was an Antifa member.
“What concerns me is the fact that you know, these artists have an audience, and that audience takes their words and, you know, the rhetoric that they use as more than just entertainment,” Mr. Fanone. “They think it’s real. “
“This thought process has real-life consequences,” he said. “And we saw the result on January 6. “