The White House is facing new criticism for remarks made about the riot on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
In response to questions about a Metropolitan Police Department officer’s open letter regarding the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol building, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed that “a number of officers” died on that date, the Washington Examiner reported.
“A stain on our democracy”
Officer Michael Fanone released a statement in which he alluded to the “physical injuries” and “psychological trauma” that police officers suffered during the riot and called on lawmakers to adequately recognize their service.
“I’m happy to check on the status of the letter,” Psaki said.
She went on to declare that “the president’s view is that there were a number of officers who lost their lives, paid a tremendous sacrifice, on a day that will be a stain on our democracy for many years to come, and certainly, any who survived.”
It appears that Psaki either misspoke or intentionally distorted the facts, however, since no officers actually died on the day of the riot.
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick did suffer two strokes and died on Jan. 7, but stories that he was brutally beaten by rioters the previous day have largely been debunked.
Differences of opinion
Two other officers reportedly died by suicide in the days following the Capitol attack, making it difficult to determine what role the incident might have played in their deaths.
Dozens of officers were said to have been injured in physical altercations with rioters and few Americans would argue that the event was not traumatic to many of those involved.
Nevertheless, some progressive pundits and politicians have been accused of exaggerating both the nature and extent of the riot by portraying it as an attempt to violently overthrow the government on behalf of former President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, GOP leaders are calling for similar scrutiny of the protests that impacted communities across the nation over the course of last year during which 25 people reportedly died.
Many Americans agree that breaking into the Capitol building was wrong while also denouncing demonstrators linked to the Black Lives Matter movement who held a portion of Seattle, Washington, hostage as an “autonomous zone.” Notably, leftists appear comfortable condemning only one group.