As Democrats continue to keep the January 6th narrative alive, House Democrats haven’t given up on praising the Capitol Hill police officers on duty that day, including Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) who has continued to stand up for police against her party’s “woke” narrative, while calling Republicans like her likely 2022 senatorial opponent, Sen. Marco Rubio, “cowardly politicians” that covered up “the events of January 6.”
“And the cowardly politicians who mouth platitudes about supporting the police while covering up the events of January 6 deserve nothing but contempt,” tweeted Rep. Demings.
These officers put their lives and bodies on the line to defend us and our democracy. They deserve our highest possible thanks.
And the cowardly politicians who mouth platitudes about supporting the police while covering up the events of January 6 deserve nothing but contempt. https://t.co/HfD3QPZPCs
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 6, 2021
Rep. Demings tweeted this in response to the now five-month-old insurrection that has since had its investigatory commission voted down, which has gained some heavy criticisms, even from people in attendance at the capitol that day.
Scott MacFarlane of NBC initially reported that US Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell told CNN about Members of Congress who did not vote to support the Jan 6 commission, “I feel insulted. They don’t have the courage. They demand something of us that they’re not willing to do … sacrifice”
Demings responded to MacFarlane’s tweet, branding the no-vote from her Republican colleagues as “inconceivable.”
With her comments siding with Capitol Police from the January 6th incident, Demings also authored a bill “to regulate the concealable armor-piercing weapons that have killed multiple police officers around the country,” adding on Twitter “I call on all of my colleagues who claim to “support law enforcement” to join me on this legislation.”
Although the rhetoric and record of Demings even as Chief of Police seems to back the blue, the representative voted in favor of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which requires “federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies to report data to DOJ on stops for traffic violations, pedestrian stops, frisks and body searches, and the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers.”
But Rubio and his GOP allies have still taken the liberty of calling Demings “a radical liberal ally,” arguing that her support for defunding the police is an example of a “radical agenda.” Still, Demings argues with the new legislation that it’s an effort to protect “police officers around the country.”
Demings was in the House Chamber gallery huddled less than 6 feet away from The Floridian Publisher Javier Manjarres when rioters began to break in the room and were evacuated along with Manjarres and others when Capitol Police announced that they had taken control of the situation.
“Yes, I agree with Rep. Demings that we all saw who did this— she and I had a very distinct, front-row view of the chaos that ensued. These individuals and only these individuals that broke in are to blame for the riot, damage, and loss of life that occurred,” said Manjarres.