In a statement on the first anniversary of the Capitol riot, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker incorrectly ascribed the murder of a Capitol Police officer to the day’s events. The governor was referring to former President Donald Trump and his associates. When supporters of then-President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Baker paid tribute to officer William Evans, praising his courage and bravery in the face of the chaos.
On the other hand, Evans was killed on April 2 when Noah Green, a 25-year-old supporter of Louis Farrakhan, drove into him while stationed outside the Capitol building. According to authorities, a self-described “Follower of Farrakhan,” Green had compared the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam to “Jesus” on his Facebook profile.
According to MassLive, Evans was a native of Massachusetts, having been raised in Clarksburg. When the outlet inquired about the accuracy of Baker’s statement, a spokesperson for the governor did not respond, according to the report. Baker, on the other hand, posted a new “revised” statement more than an hour after the governor’s initial tweet, in which he stated that the officer died “last year” rather than “that day.”
Baker accused Trump and his allies of attempting to “undo what generations of Americans have fought and died for, the right to free and fair elections,” in a statement released on Wednesday. It was “thankfully” that the Capitol Police, as well as every other law enforcement officer and member of the United States Military present that day, intervened and successfully restored order, according to Baker.