Surprising Impact of 1/6/21 Hearings
Conservative Flagship Wall Street Journal Condemns Trump's Lack of Character
The U.S. House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021 has completed its summer work after eight compelling hearings of testimony, mostly from Republicans and former Trump administration officials.
Did you watch any of them? What did you think?
In my view, the hearings are a much needed step toward accountability and transparency on the decade-long road toward renewal of American and global democracy. (See below.)
The hearings have had a far stronger bipartisan impact than many who expected that no one would be persuaded. “Two-thirds of independent voters who are following the hearings closely say Trump bears ‘a lot of responsibility’ for the storming of the Capitol” and about half of Republicans acknowledge that Trump probably has “too much baggage” to win in 2024, the (UK) Guardian reports. Especially since “the House committee hearings are providing an abundance of material for the Democrats to flood the airwaves with clips showing former Trump loyalists accusing him of leading an attempted coup.”
Obviously, the economy will be a major issue, but voters are not simply automatons who blame the party in power for inflation without considering its underlying causes.
The non-partisan Cook Political Report now predicts that the higher profile Trump has this fall, the better the turn-out and performance will be for Democrats in the 2022 midterms. Currently, 34 House races and 5 Senate races are deemed toss-ups. A president’s party almost always loses seats in the first midterms after winning the White House. A wave election, which Republicans are expecting, is when one party wins 40 or more House seats and makes multiple gains in the Senate.
I’ve compiled, from mostly conservative sources and Lincoln Project ads, evidence that Trump is a growing liability to Republicans. It will be interesting to see if or when they recognize this. You might forward this to a friend with a different perspective as a way of engaging in dialogue.
“I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all, but glory,” wrote the Roman stateman Marcus Tullius Cicero, that could have been a reference to the courage of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
Declaring the Thursday, July 21 House hearing on 1/6 “the most horrifying to date,” the reliably conservative Wall Street Journal, intellectual leader of the Republican Party, wrote of Trump’s behavior: “As the riot raged,… he sat watching TV, posting inflammatory tweets and refusing to send help.”
The WSJ editorialized: “The brute facts remain: Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and he had a duty as Commander in Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it in his name. He refused. He didn’t call the military to send help. He didn’t call Mr. Pence to check on the safety of his loyal VP. Instead he fed the mob’s anger and let the riot play out. In the 18 months since, Mr. Trump has shown not an iota of regret….Character is revealed in a crisis, and Mr. Pence passed his Jan. 6 trial. Mr. Trump utterly failed his.”
More conservative critiques are quoted, linked to or embedded video clips in the article below:
If you’re having trouble rising above predictable hyper-partisan talking points, these might help:
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