Liz Cheney cleverly used the words of former Trump associates to show that Trump, despite his malicious bellow, knew there was no fraud at a level that would have altered the election results.
“I made it clear that I didn’t agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out stuff like this that I told the president was nonsense,” said William Barr, the attorney general. from Trump.
Ivanka Trump broke up with her father, saying — in a recorded statement — that she embraced Barr’s version of reality: “I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he said.”
(Her husband, Jared Kushner, won the award for gal in his statement. He was too busy arranging pardons for sleazeballs to notice if Trump associates threatened to quit because of the sleazeball in the Oval.)
Trump’s data experts bluntly told him he’d lost. But Trump just couldn’t stand being labeled a loser—his father’s bête noire. He maniacally undermined the election out of sheer selfishness and wickedness, knowing that it is easy to manipulate people on social media with the Big Lie.
He was fine with his followers breaking the law and attacking the police and going to jail, praising their “love” from a distance. It’s astonishing that no lawmakers have been killed.
Everywhere you look is something that makes your blood run cold. The monster within Frankenstein is not the only one who has left “thoughts of honor”.
Russia, also in the grip of a monster, invades and destroys a neighboring democracy for no reason, save Vladimir Putin’s megalomania.
In Uvalde, Texas, the unfathomable story comes to light of how police delayed the rescue of schoolchildren for an hour because a commander was concerned about the officers’ safety.
Greedy golf icons took part in a tour insured by the Saudis, though the Saudi crown prince ordered a journalist to be chopped to pieces. (Kushner is under investigation whether he traded his government position to get a $2 billion investment from the Saudis for his new private equity firm.)
As Bennie Thompson, the committee chair, noted, when the Capitol was attacked in 1814, it was by the British. This time it was by an enemy within, spurred on by the man at the heart of democracy he swore to protect.
“They did this at the encouragement of the President of the United States,” Thompson said of the crowd, “in an effort to stop the transfer of power, a precedent that stood for 220 years.”
It’s mind-boggling that so many people still embrace Trump when it’s so obvious that he only cares about himself. He was quick to throw his daughter Ivanka Trump off the sled Friday, saying her opinion didn’t count because she “wasn’t involved in watching or studying election results. She was already checked out.”
Let some conservatives dismiss the hearings as “A Snooze Fest”. Let Fox News boldly refuse to run them.
The hearing was fascinating and described a horror story with predatory Proud Boys and a monster in the middle that even Shelley could have appreciated. The viewing figures were boffo, with almost 20 million viewers.
Caroline Edwards — the tough Capitol cop who suffered a concussion, was sprayed in her eyes, and got back up to return to the fight — described a hellish landscape.
“I slipped in people’s blood,” she recalls. “You know, I – I caught people when they fell. I – you know, I was – it was a massacre.”
In his dystopian inaugural address, Trump pledged to end “American carnage”. Instead, he delivered it. Now he must be held accountable for his attempted coup – and not just in the court of public opinion.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times†
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