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Yahoo PoliticsJul 29, 2021
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says most Republicans in Congress privately don't believe Trump's election-fraud claims but repeat them in public anyway


The Daily BeastJul 28, 2021
They Were the Biggest, Loudest Cop Union in America. Then Came Jan. 6.
JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesSince historic protests against police violence in America broke out in force last May, police unions across the country have come under renewed and sometimes scathing scrutiny. After all, they have long been reliable defenders of cops who shoot and kill unarmed people, and their leaders have a penchant for slamming police critics, whether lawmakers and celebrities who advocate for controversial policies like "defunding the police," or rank and file protesters.

Given this track record, Michael Fanone, one of the many cops who fended off rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said he expected the largest police union in the country, the Fraternal Order of Police, to come out strongly in defense of him and fellow officers. The cops who stared down violent pro-Trump mobs that day have not only had to deal with their own physical and emotional injuries, but also endure criticism from Republican lawmakers, hostile civilians, and even efforts by the former president to downplay the seriousness of the January riot.

But in an interview on CNN Wednesday, Fanone—fresh off from testifying to Congress on Tuesday about his experience at the Capitol—said he received no outreach from the union immediately after Jan. 6. Even though the D.C. Metro cop has been a dues-paying member of the FOP since he first became a police officer, he sa

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