Former President Donald Trump issued a massive 12-page rebuttal to the ongoing January 6th Congressional hearings that have accused him of inciting an insurrection, and the product is pure Trump.
The bulk of Trump’s response focused on his continued allegations of election integrity issues, but includes revealing passages on what he believes are the Democrats’ real intentions behind the hearings.
President Trump asserts that the Democrats on the “Unselect Pseudo-Committee” are merely trying to distract the American people from the dining room table issues affecting voters leading up to the midterms. He also claims these hearings are primarily an attempt to subvert his ability to run for President again in 2024.
Let’s look at what else the former President had to say in this unprecedented action from a former leader of the free world.
The House Jan. 6 Select Committee said it canceled a Wednesday hearing because it needed more time for "technical work," but former President Donald Trump said he knows otherwise.https://t.co/4hVY0IS2tW
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 14, 2022
Smoke and Mirrors
It’s no secret that the expectation is the Democrats are poised to receive a severe whipping during the coming 2022 midterms. The chances they will lose the majority in at least one if not both houses of Congress are high.
“They (the Democrats) are desperate to change the narrative of a failing nation, without even making mention of the havoc and death caused by the radical left just months earlier.”
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An homage to the state of the union today and the summer riots in 2020, he goes on to state:
“They (the Democrats) are hoping that these hearings will somehow alter their failing prospects.”
Trump and other GOP members claim that the hearings are meant to distract from economic issues such as inflation and skyrocketing gas prices. Additionally, the idea is to refocus the American voter on what happened on January 6th instead of what is happening now with rising crime and increased divisive rhetoric surrounding various social issues.
— OutKick (@Outkick) June 11, 2022
An Eye Towards 2024
Since Biden’s inauguration, the former President has hinted that he is contemplating another run at the highest seat in all the land. With Trump endorsing candidates polling well and polling quite well himself, this has got to have the Democrats worried.
“This is merely an attempt to stop a man that is leading in every poll, against both Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running again for the Presidency.”
So how does the committee accomplish that alleged goal? That remains to be seen. The plan seems to be to link Trump and his allies to the claim that they deliberately lied to Americans about election fraud which then spurred the events that transpired at the Capitol on January 6th.
READ MORE: Trump’s full 12-page statement here.
The Attorney General of the United States, Bill Barr, believed Trump was detached from reality and made no movement to invoke the 25th Ammendment with other senior Cabinet officials.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 14, 2022
Testimony from some of Trump’s former closest confidants, including his daughter, reveals that, for the most part, people were not supporting the President’s election fraud claims. Furthermore it appears they repeatedly said as much to the President. Therefore there doesn’t seem to be clear evidence that the President didn’t and, for that matter, still doesn’t believe his claims.
The fact that he spends the bulk of his rebuttal attempting to convince Americans of his claims points to the probability that he still believes them regardless of the evidence. So then the next question is, did he purposely incite the violence?
Again, the hearing’s ability to prove intent to incite remains to be seen. Even if the committee believes they can prove anything, the decision to prosecute the former President lies with the Justice Department.
Will It Move The Needle?
According to Pew Research Poll from January, a minority believe Trump has “a lot” of responsibility for the Capitol riot. That’s down from a majority in January, 2021.
Those numbers make it hard to see how pursuing further than these hearings could help the Democrats. Democratic Congresswoman Haley Stevens of Michigan says the value of these hearings is to have “more honest conversations” regarding the events of January 6th.
There is an argument that some of us would like to have an honest conversation. I, for one, have been curious as to why there wasn’t more security on-site before the planned demonstration.
Blockbuster memo Jan. 6 Democrats don’t want Americans to see: internal Capitol Police report found sweeping intelligence, security failures on Pelosi’s watch | Just The News https://t.co/5XpY0fMykh
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) June 8, 2022
Will the hearings cover some of the security questions that have come up? I guess we will have to stay tuned.
Drama is what the Democrats are hoping for and why they hired James Goldston, the former President of ABC News, to produce the hearings as if it were a Hollywood production rather than a Congressional hearing. The hope is that it would grip the American people like a real-time documentary drama.
CNN’s Brian Stelter said about 20 million people tuned into last Thursday’s hearing. It seems like a lot but pales compared to the 38 million that tuned into the State of the Union.
Following His Own Beat
The former President isn’t known for ‘falling in line.’ However, the GOP has tried very hard to have a united effort to focus on the economy and other areas where Democrats and the Biden administration are in the doghouse with the American public.
President Trump predicted if Joe Biden was elected, you’d see $5, $6, and even $7 gas.
He was right. Again.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 13, 2022
Trump’s 12-page paper focusing mainly on claims he won the Presidency goes against the GOP narrative at large. A former Trump White House aide put it:
“I think it’s fine to correct the record…but I think the vast majority of the energy should be spent on the economic issues.”
I feel this won’t be the last we hear of the former President. With more hearings scheduled, it’s sure to make for must-see TV if you can afford your cable bill or streaming subscription by then.
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