Congress voted to give its highest award to the Capitol and Washington DC police for their efforts to stop the rioters on January 6th from entering the Capitol building and attacking members of Congress. The ceremony was held yesterday and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were in line to shake the hands of the recipients.
But the officers as well as the family of a police officer who died, clearly still angry at how Republican leaders made excuses for Donald Trump’s incitement of the violence, ignored their outstretched hands and walked right past them.
McConnell, the Senate minority leader, was caught on video with his hand outstretched, waiting in line for handshakes that never came as senior officers and Sicknick’s parents warmly greeted the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer.
The relatives and officers in uniform then walked straight past the Republican duo, barely looking at them.
“They’re just two-faced. I’m just tired of them standing there and saying how wonderful the Capitol police is, and they turn around and … go down to Mar-a-Lago and kiss [Trump’s] ring,” Sicknick’s mother, Gladys Sicknick, said, according to a tweet by CNN congressional reporter Daniella Diaz.
“It just hurts.”
Sicknick’s brother, Ken, was also forthright. “They have no idea what integrity is. They can’t stand up for what’s right and wrong,” he said.
I can’t stop watching this video of McConnell getting snubbed. 🍿pic.twitter.com/7V5C7EEeAD
— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) December 6, 2022
They people made it clear that they had decided together in advance that they were not going to shake their hands.
So good to watch!https://t.co/wRdNgUewFa
— Buhle Khanyile (@bwk4r) December 6, 2022