The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, described how future hearings would focus on the details of the conspiracy and the careful construction of Trump’s conscious lies; committee members explained that they saw Trump’s behavior as one “sophisticated” seven-step plan to cancel the election, but Thursday’s hearing focused primarily on reminding Americans of the stakes involved. This was not a normal political protest. This was not a normal election loss. Donald Trump’s actions before, during, and after the January 6 Capitol Assault marked the end of the 240-year tradition of peaceful transitions to U.S. presidential power.
Instead, Donald Trump embarked on a concerted effort to use the tools of the U.S. presidency and government to overturn legitimate and genuine election results, even though his own staff told him, according to his statements. issued Thursday at the hearing, which “there was no there.”
Trump first lied to the public. He then tried to arm the Justice Department to support his lies. He pressured state election officials and lawmakers to accept far-fetched legal theories and change the election results of their states. His team worked to invent and send to Washington lists of invalid voters, hoping that Congress would recognize them and allow them to undo their loss. He summoned supporters and encouraged armed groups to join him in DC on January 6, promising in a tweet that “he will be wild.” He then pressured Vice President Mike Pence to violate his constitutional oath and refuse to certify election results valid before Jan. 6. the aid, as the Capitol and the legislature remained under violent assault for hours. Instead, according to the committee, only Vice President Pence, himself hiding in a secure dock inside the Capitol complex after being hastily evacuated from the upper Senate chamber, contacted the army and ordered them to they would answer and secure the Capitol.
On the whole, it is the most daring, calculated, and unconstitutional conspiracy America has ever faced in its history, one that has come much closer to success than anyone imagined.
Over the course of those two hours, the committee was able to rethink the national conversation and focus on the real horror of January 6th. In doing so, it has certainly increased the pressure on the Justice Department, which is conducting a seemingly slow parallel investigation. this has seen hundreds of low-level charges and charges against the January 6 rioters, including the arrest yesterday of a GOP candidate for governor in Michigan, and a series of more serious charges of “seditious conspiracy” against the leaders of Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
Despite the shocking clarity of the committee’s opening presentation, it remains uncertain, at best, whether it will be able to break the political polarization of the United States and its increasingly separate and unequal media ecosystems. Fox News, the only one of the major channels, refused to broadcast live audiences and instead allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who is increasingly openly white nationalist positions, to poison his millions of people. viewers in prime time during a one-hour program, in an unusual way. uninterrupted by advertisements.
In many ways, Fox’s decision to double Tucker Carlson’s lies Thursday night is not surprising. The network’s decision in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, while Donald Trump built the Big Lie and set the light for January 6, to embrace Trump’s lies and undermine the legitimacy of the Trump victory then-President-elect Joe Biden does everything but accused. co-conspirator in Capitol Hill violence.
The challenge facing America now, with regard to next week’s follow-up hearings, is that none of us know what part of Donald Trump’s story we are living in: the beginning, the middle, or the end? The committee’s job in advance is to convince the United States to see January 6 as a turning point, not a warning that we will later say was ignored.
After all, he says there is no such thing as an unsuccessful coup. An unsuccessful coup is just a practice.