Officer Feared He Would Be Lynched as Trump Supporters Said ‘You Will Die on Your Knees’ and ‘Your Mother’s a Whore’

 

One of the witnesses to testify on Tuesday at the first U.S. House select committee to investigate the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol recalled supporters of then-President Donald Trump telling him, “Your mother’s a whore.”

Daniel Hodges, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, said in his opening testimony that, as Trump supporters walked from the Ellipse outside the White House toward the Capitol, he “noticed a commotion about half a block to my east and saw a crowd starting to coalesce around two figures.”

“I ran to where they were and found a confrontation at the intersection of tenth and Constitution Avenue northwest. One counter protester, a black man, was backpedaling away from a white man on a Trump-labeled face mask, was closely following him with an outstretched arm,” recalled Hodges, who said that he and a colleague “first arrived and physically separated the two.”

As that happened, said Hodges, “a crowd of Donald Trump’s people had gathered, they attempted to bait the counter protester into attacking, shouting insults such as ‘Your mother’s a whore’ and accusing of hiding behind the cops.”

Moments later, Hodges  — who testified that he feared he would be lynched — recalled that on his way to the Capitol, he was accosted by Trump supporters with jeers, “a woman call[ing] us stormtroopers,” and shouts of “traitors.” Suddenly, said Hodges, “Cut off from our leadership, which at the front of the formation we huddled up and assessed the threats surrounding us. One man tried and failed to build a rapport with me shouted, “’Are you my brother?’ Another took a different tack, shouting, “You will die on your knees.”

Hodges’s testimony followed two emotional accounts from his law enforcement peers who were on duty when the Capitol was attacked as Congress was in the process of certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory as president.

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