We are living at the end of an era. It is true that history is transparent; fluid, while we are living it, even for the most prescient people, and that it is difficult to understand the implications of our era looking to the future. It is more difficult to pinpoint...
Jan. 6 Theater Showcases Violently Political Anti-Trump Agenda
A not-so “select committee” of House Democrats joined by two GOP members has launched the first two in a series of six high-profile show trials attempting to preempt a 2024 Trump presidential candidacy by blaming him for inciting Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riots they have branded as an “insurrection.”
Former President Trump has already been acquitted in the Senate of those same House insurrection incitement charges. Nevertheless, given that every one of those Nancy Pelosi appointees previously voted for the former president’s impeachment, the hearing conclusions are entirely predictable.
Organizers of the spectacle spared no expense in hiring a veteran television producer, former ABC News President James Goldston, to resurrect and dramatize what they hope to cast as blockbuster events in advance of bruising November challenges.
As characterized in the Wall Street Journal, the initial hearing’s intent is to “tie together disparate developments and characters into a cohesive storyline centered on Mr. Trump’s actions, hoping they can grab viewers’ attention like with Watergate in the 1970s and Iran-Contra in the 1980s.”
Republicans have broadly characterized the purpose as a politically motivated witch hunt intended to embarrass the GOP party and cripple Donald J. Trump.
Or, as the liberal New York Times candidly and sanguinely headlined the goal, “Jan. 6 Hearings Give Democrats a Chance to Recast Midterm Message.”
The Rigged Committee
Any thinly veiled pretense of fairness went whoof when Speaker Pelosi broke a 200-year precedent by rejecting two Republican picks for the panel, Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ind.).
Jordan and Banks were part of a group of five GOP lawmakers nominated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to serve on the 13-member select committee. Both had voted against certifying President Biden’s January election victory.
Whereas Pelosi said, she would accept the other three other GOP selections, Reps. Rodney Davis, Ill., Kelly Armstrong, N.D., and Troy Nehls, Texas, to join eight others she had previously appointed, including the panel’s chairman, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyo., and fellow Republican Trump critic Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Ill., McCarthy yanked all of his picks from the panel.
Revulsions and Revelations
So, after all the build-ups, what did we really learn?
We already knew that the Capital riot was disgustingly ugly, and videos and narrative descriptions of the event provided nauseating reminders of this.
Having said this, there is nothing whatsoever to justify calling it an insurrection … no guns found on anyone, no evidence of a plan to “overthrow the government,” no apparent organized group or leader in charge.
Although media pundits had repeatedly and erroneously claimed there had been multiple resulting fatal riot police casualties, there were, in fact, none, and none were mentioned. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick whose death had repeatedly been falsely attributed to being bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher, was subsequently determined to have died of natural causes after suffering two strokes.
Also not addressed in the horror show, the only known fatal riot casualty was protestor Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed U.S. Air Force veteran who was shot in the neck by Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd.
More than 800 other Jan. 6 Capitol protestors have been arrested, and 80 or so have been jailed … some still are. Conspicuously absent in this tally of people arrested or investigated is Ray Epps, an Arizona man appearing in multiple videos apparently provoking the crowd and advocating for protesters to breach the Capitol building as others assembled nearby chant at him, “Fed! Fed! Fed!.”
We learned nothing from the not-ready-for-prime-time spectacle regarding who opened the Capitol building doors that were locked from the inside, allowing the crowd in.
And who is the mysterious person appearing on a previous video who planted pipe bombs outside both the Republican and Democratic national committee headquarters the night before?
Perhaps the biggest take-away news bite was committee chair Cheney’s admission that the riots were “not spontaneous.”
This is a BIG thing – namely, validating known information that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Capitol Police, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser were informed in advance to expect and prepare for trouble that day.
It was previously known and reported that intel reports directly communicated to Pelosi, Capitol police, and Mayor Bowser days prior to the riots revealed potential for Jan. 6 violence.
It is also clear that in this knowledge, then-President Trump authorized dispatchment of up to 2,000 national guard troops to supplement local Capitol protection … an offer that was refused by Pelosi and Bowser for “bad optics.”
Making matters worse, those Capitol police who were available were woefully unprepared to deal with their forewarned emergency. Weapons and riot gear, including shields and helmets, were inaccessibly stored in a locked bus, and responders lacked training with less-than-lethal munitions.
Kangaroo Court Injustice
The one-sided, blatantly prejudiced Capitol 6 riot investigation and subsequent “hearing” not only provided no opportunity for factual questioning and rebuttals, but also introduced glaringly deceptive omissions and cherry-picked material presented out of context.
Vice-chairwoman Cheney said in her opening remarks that Donald Trump’s statements at the time justified rather than condemned the lawlessness.
Cheney quoted Trump tweeting: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long.”
Cheney conveniently omitted the final sentences where he tweeted to protestors to “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
We can safely bet that Republicans will remember other days of infamy to come as Democrats continue to use banana republic show trial theatric distractions away from self-inflicted economic, crime, and southern border disasters following a massive midterm voter revolt.
Also, expect consequential future GOP-led House investigations to unearth true Capitol scandals and scoundrels that the current sham inquisition seems so determined to bury.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is for educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner or legal expert.
While we endeavor to keep this information up to date and correct, the information provided by America Out Loud, its website(s), and any properties (including its radio shows and podcasts) makes no representations, or warranties of any kind, expressed, or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to its website(s) or the information, products, services or related graphics and images contained on the website(s) for any purpose.
The opinions expressed on the website(s), and the opinions expressed on the radio shows and podcasts, are the opinions of the show hosts and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs, or policies of anyone or any entity we may endorse. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
At no time, nor in any event, will we be liable for any loss, or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss of data or profits arising out of, in an association of, or connection with the use of this website.
Through this website, users can link to other websites that may be listed. Those websites are not under the control of America Out Loud or its brands. We have no control over the nature, content, or availability of those sites. America Out Loud has no control over what the sites do with the information they collect. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation, nor does it endorse the views expressed with or by them.
Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, America Out Loud takes no responsibility for, nor are we, and will not be liable for being temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties beyond our control. America Out Loud does not sell, trade, nor market email addresses or other personal data.