Douglas Andrews / January 12, 2021

His Name Was Brian Sicknick

The life and death of a Capitol Police officer is a lot more complicated than the Left would have you believe.

We at The Patriot Post have always supported Rule of Law and those who swear an oath to enforce it. Blue Lives Matter to us, and they always have. The death Thursday night of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick due to injuries sustained at the Capitol last Wednesday is no exception.

At first glance, we imagine Officer Sicknick and Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot and killed last Wednesday by a Capitol Police lieutenant, as being on opposite sides in this fight. And they were, in the strictest sense. But the whole truth is a lot more complicated. Officer Sicknick was, after all, a Trump supporter.

If this is the first you’ve heard of his political affiliation, you’re not alone. And you can imagine why. After all, Brian Sicknick is supposed to be a resistance martyr, a cop who was murdered by a mob of pro-Trump zealots. That’s certainly what those on the Left would have you believe.

As the New York Post’s Matthew Schmitz writes, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Sicknick’s death as a reminder of the need to ‘protect our country from all threats, foreign and domestic.’ President-elect Joe Biden suggested that whoever backed Trump supports ‘an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy.’ The day’s violence, it seems, has become an all-purpose excuse to denounce and silence anyone not sufficiently anti-Trump.”

Yes it has. And what an inconvenient narrative it is that both Babbitt and Sicknick were veterans, Patriots, and Trump supporters. And Sicknick wasn’t just a passive Trump supporter; he was a committed supporter. He wrote letters to his congressman, for example, to make clear his opposition to the Democrats’ phony impeachment of the president. The first one, that is.

Sicknick joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1997, six months after graduating from high school. He deployed overseas twice — once to Saudi Arabia and once to Kyrgyzstan — and received his honorable discharge in 2003. But, as Schmitz continues, “a series of letters he later wrote to the editor of his hometown paper give a portrait of his disillusionment with the leaders of the country he served.” This culminated in Sicknick’s eventual decision not to re-up with the Guard. “I am no longer going to risk my life in hostile environments for a government that does not care about the troops,” he wrote.

As for President Trump’s policy of judiciously using the military, of ending the “endless wars,” and of bringing our troops home, it’s not hard to imagine Officer Sicknick thinking, At last, a president who gets it.

As Schmitz concludes, “The same people who launched a costly and failed war in Iraq now hope to humiliate and silence Trump’s supporters. But the concerns that led to the rise of Trump won’t disappear until our failed elites pay for their mistakes. When they smear Trump voters, they dishonor Officer Sicknick’s memory.”

There are still some questions surrounding the death of Officer Sicknick: Was it driven by a preexisting medical condition? Was he attacked at the Capitol with a fire extinguisher? We’re not sure how much any of this matters. What does matter, though, is that he leaves behind his parents, two brothers, and his girlfriend of 11 years.

Rest in peace, Officer Sicknick, and thank you for your service to our country and its people.

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