- Trump said he’d consider pardoning Capitol rioters if he is reelected in 2024.
- Former DC officer Michael Fanone, who was severely injured in the riot, condemned Trump on CNN.
- Fanone said the comments worried him and that Trump was acting like “America’s crazy ex.”
A former Washington, DC, police officer who was badly beaten at the Capitol riot said former President President Donald Trump was acting like “America’s crazy ex.”
Michael Fanone, who resigned from the force to become a CNN commentator last December, was responding to Trump’s speech at a Texas rally over the weekend in which he said he would consider pardoning January 6 rioters if he decides to run and is reelected in 2024.
“[Trump] still has a great deal of support in this country and many of those supporters have already proven — like they did on January 6 — that they’re willing to commit violence on his behalf,” Fanone told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday.
“There’s just no bottom to what it is he’s willing to say,” he continued. “He’s like America’s crazy ex and he’s just decided that if he can’t have us, no one can and he’s going to tear apart our democracy and our country if he can’t get reelected.”
During the insurrection, Fanone was dragged into the crowd and beaten until he became unconscious. Doctors later told him he suffered a heart attack, a concussion, and a traumatic brain injury during the ordeal. He has spoken of developing post-traumatic stress disorder since the insurrection.
Several GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, have also criticized Trump over his suggestion he would pardon rioters if reelected.
Trump has not yet announced if he will launch a 2024 White House bid but hinted at it in his speech. A video published earlier this week also showed Trump describing himself as the “45th and 47th” president.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 760 people have been charged over the insurrection.