Americans across the country praised Capitol Police Officer Daniel Hodges on Tuesday after he referred to those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th as “terrorists” and literally read out the definition of the word to prove his point.
Hodges can be seen in pictures and video from that day being crushed by doors as he and his colleagues tried to stop the pro-Trump mob from forcing their way inside the building. The insurrectionists intended to assassinate lawmakers and overthrow democracy. Several officers include Hodges, were assaulted while trying to prevent that from happening.
The violence that day combined with the intent is why Hodges referred to the mob as “terrorists” during his testimony at the first hearing of the Select Committee investigating the events of January 6th.
Asked by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) why he refers to the pro-Trump mob as “terrorists,” Hodges had an answer ready in advance.
“I can see why someone would take issue with the title of terrorist, it’s gained a lot of notoriety in our vocabulary in the past few decades … But I came prepared,” the Capitol Police Officer said.
Hodges then literally recited the dictionary definition of “terrorist,” which is a “person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
“I can see why someone would take issue with the title of terrorist, it’s gained a lot of notoriety in our vocabulary in the past few decades … But I came prepared,” Officer Hodges explains why he refers to the Jan. 6th rioters as ‘terrorists.’ pic.twitter.com/jkkN4g9EDE
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 27, 2021
Hodges correctly identified these insurrectionists as the domestic terrorists they are — and drew cheers on Twitter for doing so.
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a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
— Naresh Kumar (@undefeater) July 27, 2021
Receipt, signed and delivered!
— Oaktown John (@JohnKlein_) July 27, 2021
Absolutely undebatable terrorism.
— WellHello (@MNtravis) July 27, 2021
DOJ doesn’t need to wait on the committee to bring terrorism charges against all those involved in 1/6, and the DOJ should not wait to charge them, including political leaders who contributed to the event.
— Zakariah Johnson 🪕 (@Pteratorn) July 27, 2021
No matter what anyone says, the January 6th storming of the U.S. Capitol was domestic terrorism. He’s telling the truth.
— Jace 🇬🇷🇺🇸 (@fdrofgenz) July 27, 2021
This guy is a real hero and not about to be intimidated by the domestic terrorists
— Moira Munguia (@xXxmogzzxXx) July 27, 2021
More and more Americans seem to believe that it is time for the Department of Justice to start hitting the insurrectionists with terrorism charges along with any Republican lawmakers who were involved.
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