Former Washington, D.C., Police Officer Michael Fanone, who sustained injuries while defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, called Rep. Jim Jordan an “insurrectionist” who has no place being second in line to the presidency as the Ohio lawmaker runs for House Speaker.
“Jim Jordan is an insurrectionist who has no place being second in line to the presidency,” Fanone said in a statement Monday.
“I witnessed the deadly assault on our democracy with my own eyes, which is why it absolutely disgusts me that extreme Republicans could choose an insurrectionist and election denier as their leader — someone who knew about January 6th ahead of time yet did nothing to stop it,” Fanone added.
Fanone suffered a heart attack and a traumatic brain injury from the insurrection, which led him to resigning from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Jordan’s speakership bid, which appeared to be in trouble days ago, is gaining momentum ahead of a House floor vote scheduled for Tuesday.
“This is a very dark time for our democracy and should serve as a wake up call to all Americans that we can never take our democracy for granted,” Fanone said.