Kevin McCarthy’s initial reaction to the Jan. 6th insurrection was, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.” McCarthy also said assertions by conservatives that it was Antifa that was attacking the Capitol was false. He called for Trump to be censured for inciting the insurrection and declared Joe Biden was the legitimately elected US president. Trump made it clear he would launch a brutal political campaign against McCarthy if he didn’t reverse his criticism of him. Soon after that announcement, McCarthy ran to Mara-a-Lago to embrace Trump and help rehabilitate the disgraced ex-presidents floundering reputation. McCarthy realized his ambitions to become Speaker could be crushed if he didn’t join the “big lie” club and so now he has become a Trumpian supporter of the efforts of the insurrectionists to block the peaceful transfer of power. To become Speaker, McCarthy made promises to alt-right members of the House that promote racism, alt-right conspiracy theories, and Trump winning the presidency in 2024.
Tucker Carlson has been critical of Kevin McCarthy for a long time. However, MAGA house members got to Tucker and struck a deal to garner his support for McCarthy. The MAGA congressmen love Carlson’s lying, his sympathetic posturing towards Putin and Russia and his view of the Jan.6th insurrectionists as patriots. McCarthy’s irresponsible handing over of Jan. 6th video footage to Carlson is being called by government and legal professionals the keeping of a promise made to Jim Jordan, one of Trump’s House devotees. Hopefully the FBI, who has protected Trump in the past, is being ordered to keep a close watch on Carlson. Because of his Russia-friendly attitude, there is concern that Carlson may use the footage of the insurrection to promote propaganda countering the truth about the insurrection.
On the day of the insurrection, Trump dog-whistled to the mob that he supported their attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory and that he approved of their violent efforts to keep him in power. Supporting the insurrection and the mob violence is now central to Trump’s campaign for re-election. He has promised to pardon those convicted of crimes for their violent actions on Jan. 6th. He continues to spread the debunked claim that he won the 2020 election. He asserts that he and the convicted insurrectionists are victims of a corrupted US government that must be overtaken by the MAGA movement. Trump and his allies in crime have been emboldened because Attorney General Merrick Garland has allowed 2 years to pass without holding them accountable for their in crimes against the United States government,
Only ignorant people vulnerable to cult leaders could look at this performance photo of Trump and believe they are looking at a patriot victimized by a corrupt government. To the contrary, the majority of the country, including the majority of Republicans, see through his lies, gaslighting and manipulations. The Trump followers are predominately white, alt-right, evangelical, conspiracy theorists who embrace Trump’s anti-democratic, violent impulses against the foundational laws and values imbedded in the Constitution.
If Jack Smith was attorney general, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and possibly a dozen others would have been indicted by now. However, thankfully he is moving swiftly towards that moment when the phrase ” no one is above the law” will be realized. Trump is scared because he realizes he cannot intimidate Smith. The over-caution shown by the Merrick Garland DOJ has contributed to the damage that has been done to our democracy over the past 2 years. Garland has been intimated by the Republican lie that the DOJ has been weaponized against Trump. As a result, his concern over criticisms of him and the department by MAGA Republicans stifled his willingness to assert an aggressive pursuit of justice. Hopefully, Garland’s appointment of special counsel Jack Smith will finally stop the dangerous deconstructing of our government by Trump, his surrogates, and the duped MAGA voters. Like this: Like Loading...