The January 6 hearing was a warning

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It’s hard to Tell us which of the first, surprisingly convincing public hearings of the Congressional committee investigating the January 6th Capitol uprising should shock us the most.

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Is Jared Kushner brushing aside as mere “nagging” repeated threats of resignation from a White House adviser and his top lawyers in the face of Donald Trump’s ongoing drive to reverse the election?

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The fact that, despite the fact that rioters overran the Capitol and members of Congress fled in horror, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, never asked any of the representatives of the US government for help – never once called the Department of Justice, National Security or the Pentagon?

Committee allegations that members of Congress sought a presidential pardon for their role in the January 6 events?

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Or just the strength of a brave cop talking about our nation’s most sacred democratic space as a “war zone” and how the repeatedly riot-hit Republican Party has sought to reformulate this over the past 18 months as “normal tourists“engaged”legitimate political discourse– she slipped on someone else’s blood smeared on the steps of the US Capitol?

After months of behind-the-scenes investigations, wide-ranging subpoenas, witness testimonies, document reviews, countless hours of video footage, and delicate domestic political shenanigans, the Jan. The President of the United States has undertaken nothing short of a coup attempt to stay in power – and has made his work one of the most important political investigations of our lives.

Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who was heavily criticized by her own party for agreeing to participate in the investigation with Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep., provided a fascinating introduction and overview of events on January 6. 2021. She also said that the committee will study during about half a dozen hearings this monthand promptly lied to the days of the GOP dismissal of the investigation as nothing more than a political witch hunt.

Cheney’s artful and politically daring presentation, followed by several video clips prepared by the committee, highlights the coordination between armed groups of white nationalist militias such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as well as the exceptional role played by Donald Trump. in fanning the lie that the election was stolen, and then inviting his supporters to come to Washington on January 6 to protest—a protest that quickly escalated into a vicious, violent attack on the Capitol that left lawmakers fleeing. One of the most striking video clips showed how the staff of Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who has long downplayed the attack on the Capitol, evacuated their House offices in horror. Other clips show the crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence” and rioters yelling in the face of the police demanding that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi be handed over. Cheney ended her poised and to the point presentation with a warning to hundreds of her Republican Party colleagues who excused the events of January 6: “The day will come when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

Committee Chairman Rep. Benny Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, outlined how future hearings will focus on the details of the conspiracy and the careful construction of Trump’s notorious lies – committee members explained what they saw in Trump’s behavior “complex” seven-step plan for cancellation in the election, but Thursday’s hearing was largely focused on reminding Americans of the stakes. This was no ordinary political protest. This was no ordinary electoral defeat. Donald Trump’s actions before, during, and after the January 6 assault on the Capitol instead ended a 240-year American tradition of peaceful presidential transitions.

Instead, Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to use the tools of the president and the US government to overturn the legitimate, credible election results, even though his own staffers told him, according to their testimony shown at a hearing Thursday, that “there weren’t there there.” “.

Trump first lied to the public. He then tried to use the Justice Department as a weapon to support his lies. He pressured state election officials and legislators to adopt far-fetched legal theories and change election results in their states. His team worked to invent and send invalid electoral rolls to Washington in the hope that Congress would recognize them and allow him to reverse his defeat. He called on supporters and urged armed groups to join him in D.C. on January 6, vowing on Twitter that it would “be wild”. He then forced Vice President Mike Pence to break his constitutional oath and refuse to confirm the actual election results until January 6th. The Capitol and the legislature were viciously attacked to call for federal assistance. Instead, according to the committee, only Vice President Pence, who himself was hiding in a safe loading dock inside the Capitol complex after being hastily evacuated from the Senate floor above, contacted the military and ordered them to respond and secure the Capitol.

Taken together, this is the most audacious, calculated, and unconstitutional conspiracy America has ever faced in its history, and one that was much closer to success than anyone could have imagined.

During those two hours, the committee managed to restructure the national dialogue and focus on the true horror of January 6th. In doing so, he has certainly increased pressure on the Justice Department, which is running a seemingly slow parallel investigation. which has seen hundreds of indictments and low-level charges against 6 January rioters, including arrest just yesterday about the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Michigan – and a number of more serious “seditious conspiracyallegations against the leaders of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. So far, he has failed to penetrate Donald Trump’s motley collection of collaborators, swindlers, and hangers-on.

Despite the shocking clarity of the committee’s opening statement, it remains unclear at best whether it can overcome America’s political polarization and its increasingly isolated and unequal media ecosystems. Fox News, alone among the major networks, refused to broadcast the hearings live and instead allowed its host, Tucker Carlson, who is increasingly outspoken as a white nationalist, to spew poison on millions of his prime-time viewers during an hour-long show, unusually not interrupted commercials.

In many ways, Fox’s decision to double down on Tucker Carlson’s lies on Thursday night no wonder: Her decision, in the weeks following the 2020 election, when Donald Trump fanned the Big Lie and scheduled the fanning for Jan. 6, to accept Trump’s lies and undermine the legitimacy of then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory renders the network nearly worthless. an accomplice who has not been charged with the Capitol Hill violence.

The problem America is now facing as we approach next week’s follow-up hearings is that none of us know which part of the Donald Trump story we’re living in – the beginning, the middle, or the end? The committee’s future work is to convince America to view January 6 as a turning point, and not as a warning that, as we will say later, was ignored.

After all, there is a saying that there are no unsuccessful coups. Failed coup is just practice.

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