During an appearance with MSNBC California Rep. Eric Swalwell said the Republican Party is the “pro-slavery, anti-police party that’s rolling with the cop killers.” Despite the fact its members of his own party pushing measures to defund the police. Swalwell was referring to the recent vote to make Juneteenth a federal holiday and some Republican Reps opposition to awarding Capitol police officers the Congressional Gold Medal for their role in the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.
According to Fox News:
“It seems to me that now what Republicans are doing is trying to, not just ignore these officers, refuse to honor them, but now also vilifying them,” left-wing host Joy Reid said after playing a video clip of Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., calling for the name of the officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 to be released.
“If that mob had gotten around the final police officers who were there … you would have seen dead members of Congress, so God bless the officer who saved us,” he added, before claiming the officer would have a target on his back if his name were released to the public.
“By the way, that officer has been cleared and that shooting has been deemed as, you know, a lawful, unfortunate shooting,” Swalwell said. “So now we have a Republican Party – by the way over double digits voted against recognizing Juneteenth – so it’s a pro-slavery, anti-police party that is rolling with the cop killers right now. That’s where we are here in Washington, D.C.”
His “cop killers” remark appeared to be in reference to Officer Brian Sicknick, who had two strokes and died of natural causes after confronting them that day. Washington’s chief medical examiner did say that the riots played a role in his condition.
Ultimately 21 Republicans opposed the bill awarding the Medal to the police and 14 Republicans voted against the bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, in both instances, lawmakers noted it was semantics that made them oppose the bill but would vote yes with minor tweaks or cliarification.