The Stupid Coup, Part Infinity
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), with moral authority and a voice from the Old Testament, placed the hearings in the context of how the oath of office came to be: the sacking of the capitol in 1812 AND the Civil War; this was done with a purpose. It is not just that those historical events paralleled the Insurrection, the oath of office itself was a measured attempt to prevent it from happening again from enemies foreign and domestic. And then…
“It was domestic enemies of the Constitution who stormed the Capitol.”
Another succinct statement from Thompson:
“Donald Trump was at the center of this conspiracy.”
Passing the baton to Liz Cheney who made a powerful point in her opening comments:
Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.
Cheney’s job was to set the thesis of the night, namely that Donald Trump and his administration knew damn well they had lost the 2020 Goat Rodeo, and that twice-impeached LOSER ex-Prznint Stupid and his assorted toadies and minions knowingly and deliberately resorted to extralegal measures to try to keep him in power.
What the Committee did especially well is that they let the witness testimony make the case for them. In recorded testimony everyone who revealed new insights —Trump loyalists — many of whom claim to remain close to the former president — turning against Trump himself when under oath, from Bill Barr, to noted shitheel Fratsputin, to First Shady, Ivanka Trump. No one was putting words in their mouths.
There was also new video taken from security cameras in the Capitol that were previously undisclosed (probably for security reasons), and we learned that the Proud Boys had cased the joint the night before and concluded where the weakest point of entry was. This was significant (as we later learn) because they were waiting there for Trump to send them the mob. And what is so damning about it is that Trump sent them to the exact location. That was new. I thought that the Proud Boys marched with everyone to the Capitol.
Also new: The Department of Justice is working with “cooperating witnesses,” confirming a criminal investigation is underway.
Also new: Trump’s various member of the cabinet considered invoking the 25th Amendment in the aftermath of Jan. 6 to remove him from office.
Also new: Cheney said multiple House Republicans sought pardons from Trump for their roles seeking to overturn election. She singled out Rep. Scott Perry (R-Penn.), who has refused to comply with the committee’s subpoena to testify.
Also new: “Aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the President responded with this sentiment, ‘maybe our supporters have the right idea.’ Mike Pence ‘deserves’ it.”
As had been announced previously, the goal of the committee was supposed to find out what went wrong and propose legislation (like the oath of office) to try to prevent it from happening again, but instead the presentation was laid out like a prosecution.
We assume it was to an audience of one: Merrick Garland.
“On the morning of Jan. 6, President Donald Trump’s intention was to remain President of the United States despite the lawful outcome of the 2020 election and in violation of his Constitutional obligation to relinquish power,” Cheney said. “Over multiple months, Donald Trump oversaw and coordinated a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power.” – Liz Cheney
The 7 part prosecution per Liz Cheney that they will follow:
- Trump spread false information about the 2020 election.
- Trump tried to install loyalists at the DOJ so the department would “support his fake election claims.”
- Trump pressured former Vice President Mike Pence to help overturn the election.
- Trump urged on state election officials and legislators to change the election results.
- Trump’s legal team “instructed Republicans in multiple states to create false electoral slates and transmit those slates to Congress and the National Archive.”
- Trump summoned and assembled the mob in D.C. and directed them to march on the Capitol.
- Trump ignored pleas for assistance from his team and failed to take action to stop the violence.
Anyone else notice that the first word in each point is Trump?
Something extraordinary about Fox NotNews decision to not cover the hearings: they also did not have any commercial breaks so it was the usual suspects, uninterrupted flowing into each others shows. They did NOT want their audience to channel surf and maybe find the hearings.
The GOP and their magic messaging that has Dems in terror? Imagine saying that everyone already knew Trump was a traitor, and how boring that is: