One despairing item of the T-Rumpian/GQP destruction of American democracy is the assholes are seemingly doing such horrible shit right out in the open — if not in the open at least with minimum cover.
Case in point is top-tier news a T-Rump boy had fashioned a ‘PowerPoint’ slide show on how to steal the election, and perpetrate a fraud upon the American people:
Phil Waldron, backer of Jan 6 PowerPoint calling for national security emergency & seizing ballots, says he met with Meadows, briefed lawmakers, spent time @ White House. W/?@emmersbrown? ?@jonswaine? ?@JaxAlemany? ?@thamburger?: https://t.co/k6jgMKhrId
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) December 11, 2021
Waldron’s sum work (The Washington Post yesterday): ‘A retired U.S. Army colonel who circulated a proposal to challenge the 2020 election, including by declaring a national security emergency and seizing paper ballots, said that he visited the White House on multiple occasions after the election, spoke with President Donald Trump’s chief of staff “maybe eight to 10 times” and briefed several members of Congress on the eve of the Jan. 6 riot.‘
Nutshell backstory on the show per the Guardian on Friday:
Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House select committee investigating the 6 January Capitol attack a PowerPoint recommending Donald Trump to declare a national security emergency in order to return himself to the presidency.
The fact that Meadows was in possession of a PowerPoint the day before the Capitol attack that detailed ways to stage a coup suggests he was at least aware of efforts by Trump and his allies to stop Joe Biden’s certification from taking place on 6 January.
The PowerPoint, titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 Jan”, made several recommendations for Trump to pursue in order to retain the presidency for a second term on the basis of lies and debunked conspiracies about widespread election fraud.
Meadows turned over a version of the PowerPoint presentation that he received in an email and spanned 38 pages, according to a source familiar with the matter.
But the select committee said they did find in the materials turned over by Meadows, his text messages with a member of Congress, who told Meadows about a “highly controversial” plan to send slates of electors for Trump to the joint session of Congress.
Meadows replied: “I love it.”
In the dying days of the T-Rump’s presidency, there were plots galore put together from meetings to memos to slide shows, to a “command center’ at DC’s Willard hotel, ‘where some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal lieutenants were working day and night with one goal in mind: overturning the results of the 2020 election.’
And as noted, near-about right out in the open. This is the story of our current life — not since 1860 has the threat of insurrection been so blatantly offered with such a don’t-give-shit-attitude. Despite that shit, it looks as though the American public is not paying attention, or the media is not displaying correctly the facts and consequences of what these assholes were trying to accomplish in the first week of last January. All this insurrectionist shit should be publicly thrown right back in their asshole faces.
The group to do it is the House select committee, they’ve the venue. The group has already interviewed more than 300 witnesses, some through subpoenas, others willingly testified, and supposedly has collected a shitload of material — such as a PowerPoint slideshow.
As a coincidence, Liz Cheney has already sparked the move: ‘“We are making rapid progress. We anticipate next year, we will be conducting multiple weeks of public hearings, setting out for the American people in vivid color exactly what happened, every minute of the day on Jan. 6, here at the Capitol and at the White House, and what led to that violent attack.”‘
Will Bunch at The Philadelphia Inquirer this morning points to the open-air scenario to bring all these connecting T-Rump faultlines together as a public witness — read Bunch’s whole point-by-point piece, with this the highlight:
The sum impact of these disclosures should pressure the House committee to both speed up the pace of its methodical investigation and also to hold more public hearings — the arena where the average voter is more likely to watch and understand the threat to the peaceful transfer of power that was posed on Jan. 6.
In a perfect world, both the new bombshell revelations and high-profile hearings in the mode of 1973?s Watergate Summer would light a match under the Justice Department and deer-in-the-headlights Attorney General Merrick Garland.
High-stakes public hearings might also shake the Beltway inertia that the threat to democracy posed by the insurrection should take a backseat to other matters having more impact on voters’ day-to-day lives, including the never-ending pandemic and the economic aftershocks, good and bad.
Many in the elite Washington media seem to have adopted the mantra that it’s time to move on from Jan. 6, especially since any coup ambitions were seemingly thwarted with President Biden’s inauguration.
Some tried to tamp down the disclosure of the coup-plotting PowerPoint circulating among Trump’s highest aides and congressional allies, arguing that the existence of the document isn’t “a hair-on-fire moment” for the American system.
We can hope, huh?
Here we are, once again…
(Illustration out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les Deux Saltimbanques: l’Arlequin et Sa Compagne,’ found here).