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Pelosi's office rips into Republicans for 'terrorizing' Capitol police after Trump called officer a 'murderer'

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President Donald Trump speaks as he joined by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Pelosi's office excoriated Trump and Republicans for maligning Capitol police officers.

  • This came after Trump called a Capitol Police officer a "murderer."

  • Republicans have sought to whitewash the deadly January 6 Capitol attack, which Trump provoked.

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A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday excoriated Republicans after former President Donald Trump called a Capitol police officer a "murderer" as he continued to whitewash the deadly January 6 insurrection that he incited.

"The former President's threat against a US Capitol Police officer is only the latest in a long line of vile Republican attacks on the officers who risked their lives to protect the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. In recent weeks, Republicans have slandered these officers as 'executioners' and 'murderers' and insulted their intelligence and integrity on national television," spokesperson Robyn Patterson said in a statement.

"Enough is enough," Patterson said.

"Officers present that day who have called out the partisan efforts to downplay a violent insurrection have been subjected to death threats and racist abuse. No member of House Republican leadership has bothered to condemn this harassment or speak out in support of these officers," Patterson went on to say.

Pelosi's spokesperson said GOP efforts to malign Capitol Police officers "are disgusting, wrong and a wholly unacceptable way" to treat the officers "who went through hell to protect our democracy from armed insurrectionists."

Patterson said it's "long overdue" for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to "get off of his hands and stand up to the members of his conference and party who have been terrorizing the brave officers that saved the lives of countless workers, staff, journalists and Members on January 6th. It is no less than these heroes deserve."

McCarthy's office did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump went after the officer who killed insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt while defending the Capitol.

"I spoke to the wonderful mother and husband of Ashli Babbitt, who was murdered at the hands of someone who should have never pulled the trigger of his gun," Trump said. "We know who he is. If this happened to the 'other side,' there would be riots all over America, and yet there are far more people represented by Ashli, who truly loved America, than there are on the other side."

Trump added, "The Radical Left haters cannot be allowed to get away with this. There must be justice!"

Beyond Trump, a number of House Republicans have sought to discredit Capitol police and other law enforcement in relation to January 6 as the party vies to rewrite the history of the fatal attack.

The insurrection was provoked by Trump's lies about the 2020 election, which were amplified by Republican lawmakers - with many voting against certifying the Electoral College results on the day of the riot. GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, for example, has said that Babbitt was "executed." Babbitt was involved in the storming of the Capitol, during which insurrectionists mercilessly beat police, and was shot while attempting to break into the Speaker's Lobby.

During testimony before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, four police officers shared harrowing details of the violence they faced during the insurrection. The officers ripped into Republicans for downplaying the attack.

"The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful," DC Police Officer Michael Fanone said. "Nothing, truly nothing, has prepared me to address those elected members of our government who continue to deny the events of that day. And in doing so, betray their oath of office."

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died following the insurrection. Hundreds have also been charged with crimes in relation to January 6. Trump was impeached for a second time over the insurrection, but acquitted in the Senate.

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