A heroic police officer in Washington, DC, received an explicit and threatening voicemail from a supporter of former President Donald Trump as he testified before Congress’ January 6 commission.
In his testimony on Tuesday, Michael Fanone said Capitol rioters had beaten him unconscious and nearly killed him on the afternoon of Jan. 6.
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday evening, Fanone played a horrific anti-gay voicemail that he said someone had left while he was testifying.
The voicemail contained racist language and homophobic slurs and accused Fanone of acting during his testimony. The caller repeated Trump’s false claims that the presidential election was stolen, and it threatened violence against Fanone and other officers.
“Yeah, this is for Michael Fanone, Metropolitan Police officer,” the callers said. “You’re on trial right now, lying. You want an Emmy? An Oscar? What are you trying to go for here? You’re so full of shit, you little faggot fucker. You’re a little pussy, man. I could slap you up the side of your head with a backhand and knock you out, you little faggot.”
It continued: “You’re a punk faggot. You’re a lying fuck. How about all that scummy Black fucking scum for two years destroying our cities and burning ’em and stealing all that shit out of the stores and everything? How about that? Assaulting cops and killing people? How about that, you fucker? That was shit on the goddamn Capitol. I wish they would have killed all you scumbags, ’cause you people are scum. They stole the election from Trump and you know that, you scumbag. And fucking too bad they didn’t beat the shit out of you more. You’re a piece of shit. You’re a little fag. You fucking scumbag.”
The vile voicemail message is embedded below. (Warning: The language is not censored.)
DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone joins @donlemon in the studio tonight after his testimony to the Select Committee investigating January 6th.
Hear the shocking voicemail he received during his testimony – and a warning – the language is graphic. Listen: pic.twitter.com/U9AqFamzzr
— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) July 28, 2021
Lemon said Fanone had asked producers not to censor the voicemail when played on air.
He asked Fanone: “What do you say to that? What do you want people to know? And that idiot?”
“I mean, unfortunately I’ve come to expect this type of response,” Fanone replied.
“It’s not the first time that people have expressed similar opinions to me,” he said, adding, “There is an element in this country that believes that.”