Biden, Pelosi Include April Murder of Capitol Police Officer by a Black Nationalist in Fictional Capitol Riot ‘Death Toll’
Democrats and the media need for the Capitol riot to look worse than it actually was because of narratives and whatnot.
One of the most persistently infuriating things about the media’s coverage and the left’s commentary about the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot is their repeated references to how “numerous people died” during the attack.
For instance, there was this October 24, 2021 tweet from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who falsely claimed there were “almost 10 dead” from the “terrorist attack”:
Any member of Congress who helped plot a terrorist attack on our nation’s capitol must be expelled.
This was a terror attack. 138 injured, almost 10 dead. Those responsible remain a danger to our democracy, our country, and human life in the vicinity of our Capitol and beyond. https://t.co/D0qLlaFjTh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 25, 2021
In reality, there was only one death that day related to the actual violence: 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was killed by Capitol Police officer Lt. Michael Byrd as she tried to climb through a glass-paneled door after parts of it had been shattered by an alleged rioter identified as Zachary Jordan Alam.
The three other deaths that day were Trump supporters Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, who per the D.C. medical examiner died from natural causes (heart attacks). Roseanne Boyland, 34, died from a drug overdose. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died the next day, and per the medical examiner, Sicknick “suffered two strokes and died of natural causes.”
In the days and months after the Capitol breach, four police officers committed suicide. That’s how AOC and other Democrats, as well as members of the mainstream media, have come up with their “Capitol riot death toll.”
But on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot, a number of Democrats including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (who is running for Senate) wrongly added another death to the list: Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans.
Evans was murdered in a deliberate vehicular attack on April 2, 2021 by Noah Green, self-proclaimed black nationalist and follower of the Nation of Islam. Another officer was injured in the attack but fortunately that officer survived.
Here’s what Biden said during his Thursday speech about Sicknick and Evans. Note the wording, which gives listeners and viewers the impression that Evans was killed during the Capitol riot:
“Jill and I have mourned police officers in this Capitol Rotunda not once but twice in the wake of January 6th: once to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life the day after the attack, and a second time to honor Officer Billy Evans, who lost his life defending this Capitol as well.”
We must never forget the officers we lost on January 6 or in the aftermath that followed. They made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our democracy. pic.twitter.com/NUeBvTx7nv
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 6, 2022
Here’s what Pelosi said on the floor of the U.S. House. Note how she wrongly suggested that the officers she mentioned during her speech died “that day” and her wording on how Evans died “of a later assault.” Pelosi gives no details on the assault that took Evans’s life, purposely giving off the impression that it was related to the Capitol riot:
“I want to acknowledge our fallen heroes of that day. U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, Metropolitan Officer Jeffrey Smith, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans, of a later assault. Now I ask all members to rise for a moment of silence in their memory.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a moment of silence for “fallen heroes” of January 6, officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, Jeffrey Smith, and Billy Evans. pic.twitter.com/db1nB5WUap
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2022
Ryan did similarly, except he included the names of two other Met Police police officers who committed suicide (Gunther Hashida and Kyle DeFreytag):
As we remember the events of one year ago today, let us pause to pray for those who lost their lives in the days and weeks after January 6th.
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) January 6, 2022
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, one of those rare Republicans who managed to get elected at a statewide level in a deep blue state, joined in on the action by falsely proclaiming Evans, a native of North Adams, MA, “lost his life that day”:
Read my full statement on today’s somber anniversary below: pic.twitter.com/814oVs1Fn5
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 6, 2022
Instead of deleting his tweet after being called out on his falsehood, Baker later posted an updated one that still invoked Evans’s name as it related to the Capitol riot, saying he was one of the officers who “lost his life in protecting the Capitol last year,” which still gives the impression that he was killed during the Capitol riot:
Revised statement: pic.twitter.com/uM7kh9r1zL
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 6, 2022
It’s bad enough that these politicians (and reporters) keep lying about what happened on January 6th, 2021, but it’s even worse when they add a man to the list whose death—while tragic—was completely unconnected to the Capitol riot in any way.
All of this is, of course, deliberate, because Democrats and the media need for the Capitol riot to look worse than it actually was because of narratives and whatnot.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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