Now Cometh the Sicknick Lawsuit Against Trump
Frankly, I am sick of writing about Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick – but the White House and the Sicknick family keep the controversy over his death in the fore of partisan political debate. It is unfortunate that two things are possible and necessary – sincere sympathy and empathy for the sad loss at too early an age and a different sadness for the crass effort to dishonestly politically spin the facts of his death to fit the Democrat’s hyperbolic January 6th narrative.
Essentially, President Biden, Democrats, and the left-leaning media have misrepresented Sicknick’s death as part of their politically motivated insurrection/coup attempt narrative. We need to understand the FACTS.
- Office Sicknick was on the scene when demonstrators moved to breach the Capitol Building.
- He was involved in some physical confrontations.
- He suffered no apparent injuries at the time – and did not complain of any.
- Medical examiner reported no blunt trauma, no bruises or other physical injuries.
- Sicknick died suddenly a day a day after the riot, on January 7th.
- The Medical Examiner reported that Sicknick died from a “natural cause” (a stroke) that was “not hastened by any injuries.”
Those are hard facts. It is not unheard of for a young person to die suddenly from some undiagnosed physical issue – usually a stroke or heart attack. That was what happened to Sicknick.
Despite the facts, Biden and the Sicknick family have engaged in a cooperative public relations campaign to tie Sicknick’s death to the rioting on Capitol Hill as the cause.
The Sicknick Lawsuit
In the latest chapter, the Sicknick estate (family and longtime partner, Sandra Garza) have filed a wrongful death suit against President Trump – and two men who were charged with assaulting Sicknick at the scene. In the court filing, the “estate” charged that “The horrific events of January 6, 2021, including Officer Sicknick’s tragic, wrongful death, were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ unlawful actions.” They are asking for $10 million dollars from Trump.
So now, in addition to participating in a fraudulent political narrative, the family is attempting to profit off their mendacious claims.
The Sicknick, Liebengood and Jeffreys Medals
Coincidental with the announcement of the lawsuit, Sicknick’s mother and father were at the White House for the posthumous presentation of the Presidential Citizens Medal. It was an award ceremony that was originally designed to honor private citizens for exceptional service to the community and nation across a broad range of activities. Biden turned it into a partisan political event to highlight his and the Democrats’ politically driven narrative of the events on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
Medals were posthumously presented to two other officers – Howard Liebengood and Jeffrey Smith. Neither of these officers sustained life-threatening injuries, and both died by suicide on January 7th and 15th, respectively. Whether even their suicides were the direct result of their service on January 6th is unestablished and speculative. The narrator introducing each of the presentations never mentions that Sicknick, Liebengood, and Smith all died AFTER January 6th – of causes not proven to be related to their activities on that day.
There was no Medal for – and even mention of – the only person who clearly suffered a violent death at the scene – and as a result — of the rioting. That was unarmed Ashli Babbitt, who was shot to death by a security guard.
In an attempt to create a national day of remembrance for the sensationalized portrayal of the Capitol Hill riot, Democrats and the media have conspired to produce television specials to hyperbolically dramatize the events of January 6, 2021, in accordance with the Democrats’ partisan and largely fictitious political spin. Sicknick’s death is a key element to that spin.
It is noteworthy that of all the officers who have died at the many riots in those many (Democrat controlled) cities, have never been so honored for their sacrifice. And never have officers who may have died following those riots from natural causes or suicides been honored or even calculated into the death toll.
What I witnessed on January 6, 2021, was a demonstration that evolved into a violent protest – a riot, if you like. Not the worst in terms of deaths and damage – but bad enough. It seemed no different than what I have seen and experienced in cities across the nation over many years – with one notable exception. Instead of a bunch of poor – usually a minority – folks being at risk and victimized, this one took place at the doorstep of the power-elite. That distinction was noted by former Republican National Chairman (turned MSNBC flunky) Michael Steele when he noted that this was different “because it was on our turf.”
That goes a long way to explain the dramatically different responses – and the false narrative. To hell with the poor black families burned out of their homes and businesses in hundreds of riots over the past 60 years. No need to lock up the rioters, vandals, arsonists, looters, and murders in those cases. No. No. No. You attack the poor folks, and Vice President Harris will raise bail money for you.
I doubt that the Sicknick lawsuit will go anywhere. Lawyers I spoke with think it borders on a “frivolous lawsuit” – one designed to gain publicity for the narrative more than an expectation of prevailing in a court-of-law. To that extent, it is already successful.
As is the common plea at times of death, may Brian Sicknick rest in peace – and may Biden and his family allow him to do so.
So, there ‘tis.