The people who stormed the U.S. Capitol are getting support from the president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police lodge. John Catanzara, elected to represent the city’s 12,000 rank-and-file cops, told me last night he understands the frustration. His explanation:
“There was no arson. There was no burning of anything. There was no looting. There was very little destruction of property. It was a bunch of pissed-off people that feel an election was stolen, somehow, some way.”
“Evidence matters. Until that appears, shame on them for what they did, but it was out of frustration. There’s no fights. There’s no, obviously, violence in this crowd.
“They pushed past security and made their way to the Senate chamber. Did they destroy anything when they were there? No. Very different than what happened all across this country all summer long in Democratic-ran cities and nobody had a problem with that.
“They were all blaming the police and the police’s response to the violence, looting and criminal behavior.”
“If the worst crime [at the Capitol] is trespassing, so be it. But to call these people treasonous is beyond ridiculous and ignorant.”
“Do I support [the Capitol attack]? I wouldn’t have partaken in it. They’re individuals. They get to do what they want. Again, they were voicing frustration. They’re entitled to voice their frustration.
“They clearly have been ignored and they’re still being ignored as if they’re lunatics and treasonous now, which is beyond stupid. Again, it’s a whole side of the argument and, primarily, your profession is at the root of it, basically championing Joe Biden the whole time.”
“I’ll be the first to say, Trump deserves some responsibility for this. He could have handled this whole situation quite differently, but that’s for him to answer, not me.”
“Obviously it has to fall on his doorstep for what kind of happened today a little bit, no doubt about it.”
“Do I support the frustration? Listen, I don’t have any doubt that something shitty happened in this election. You’re not going to convince me that that many people voted for Joe Biden. Never for the rest of my life will you ever convince me of that.”
“But, again, it still comes down to proof. You can’t prove it, you can’t prove it. Move on. So, yes, they should be figuring out a different way to do it but, again, it’s an inconvenience at this point, is all it is.”
“This is not some mass insurrection, coup attempt. They’re not destroying or burning down the fricking Capitol building. This hyperbole and this emotion that the media is spewing now, like this is some kind of end-of-times scenario, is ridiculous.”
Quote correction: I listened to the tape again. He said "shady," not "shitty."
Correction again: He said "shady" not "shitty." That's what I hear from listening to the tape again. Apologies.

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