As the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection/riot at the US Capitol begins public hearings this evening, the stage is set for a Prime Time, documentary-style explanation of who and how and why of the coup attempt. I don’t think there’s Watergate excitement in the hearing, but it will be good to have what’s already known spoken out loud to the mass of Americans joining in on TV — except Fox News, which won’t be carrying the event.
In answer to that — because the truth can hurt. Especially to the millions of Fox viewers not knowing the already knowable — Fox can’t just let it be thrown out there after lying about it for nearly 18 months. Since there’s no real comeback to lies, criminal intent and behavior captured by media — Republicans can only blow shit-smoke to distract the MAGA hatters from the committee’s hearings.
Sitting at the top of this shitpile, the T-Rump today tried to smother the upcoming hearing with his brand of unhinged, grotesque, historical bullshit in an attempt to downplay the importance and seriousness of the moment: ‘Once again referring to the group as the “unselect committee,” calling its members “political thugs,” Trump wrote on his social media platform that Jan. 6 represents “the greatest movement in the history of our country to Make America Great Again.” And in what has become a common refrain, he again called the 2020 election “rigged.”‘
Still absolutely no evidence at all, and, WTF! — ‘the greatest movement in the history of our country‘ does explain T-Rump’s bowels:
And 2. Everyone knew exactly what was going to happen. This is what irritates me. The CNN chyron straight up said "Trump to speak to supporters in desperate coup attempt." It was correct, it was accurate. But everyone pretended to be shocked when his supporters actually tried. pic.twitter.com/7iRUZWGasF
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 9, 2022
A short note on the upcoming event — via The Washington Post‘s liveblog this afternoon:
Committee chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) is expected to say, in his opening statement later Thursday, that lawmakers can’t just “sweep what happened under the rug.”
“The American people deserve answers,” the congressman will say, according to an excerpt of his prepared opening remarks. “So I come before you this evening not as a Democrat, but as an American who swore an oath to defend the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t protect just Democrats or just Republicans. It protects all of us: ‘We the People.’”
The plot behind the Jan. 6 attack, Thompson’s remarks say, was “an attempt to undermine the will of the people.”
“So tonight, and over the next few weeks, we’re going to remind you of the reality of what happened that day,” Thompson continued.
The committee’s work, he says, is “much more than just look backwards,” because American democracy “remains in danger.”
Thompson will warn that there are many in the country who have “no love or respect for what makes America great: devotion to the Constitution, allegiance to the rule of law, our shared journey to build a more perfect Union.”
“The world is watching what we do here,” Thompson will say.
“America has long been expected to be a shining city on a hill. A beacon of hope and freedom. A model for others — when we’re at our best. How can we play that role when our own house is in such disorder?”
In the context of ‘sweeping’ and rug’ — new shit on ass-wipe Kevin McCarthy:
New tapes of one of McCarthy's private post-Jan. 6 calls reveal the GOP leader had told fellow Republicans that the Capitol attack must be investigated: "We cannot just sweep this under the rug."
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) June 9, 2022
Interesting to-the-point read from Bess Levin at today’s Vanity Fair:
Now, as the panel gets ready to host its first prime-time hearing on Thursday night, McCarthy has only doubled down; on Thursday morning, he tweeted, “Speaker Pelosi’s Select Committee on January 6 is the most political and least legitimate committee in American history,” and, according to CNN, he will be overseeing “the targeted response” — i.e., spin, deflection, and lies — to the hearings in coordination with Donald Trump’s congressional allies.
Given the House minority leader’s tenure as one of the former president’s most loyal stooges, none of this should come as a shock. But when you listen to McCarthy’s attacks on the committee today, tomorrow, and next week, keep in mind that immediately after the Capitol attack, he was all about not only getting to the bottom of what had happened but also punishing those responsible.
And we know this because, like so many things McCarthy has tried to pretend he never said, it’s on tape.
On Wednesday night, CNN aired an audio clip, courtesy of New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, in which McCarthy told fellow Republicans: “When they started breaking into my office, myself and the staff got removed from the office. In doing so, I made a phone call to the president telling him what was going on, asking him to tell these people to stop, to make a video and go out. I was very intense and very loud about it. We cannot just sweep this under the rug. We need to know why it happened, who did it, and people need to be held accountable for it. And I’m committed to making sure that happens.”
“Cannot just sweep this under the rug”! “We need to know why it happened”! “People need to be held accountable”! It’s almost as though McCarthy knew the seriousness of a violent mob attacking the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election!
Which, based on his own words, he did for a brief moment before remembering the blood oath he took to let Trump get away with everything, including inciting an actual insurrection.
McCarthy, like the entire Republican brand — has absolutely no shame. And doesn’t give a shit about reality and any kind or type of accountability on anything, even to the point of blubbering out some made-up, real-dumb-ass shit:
He’s a very stupid man, and this is one of the dumbest things he’s ever said. https://t.co/ADuTFixHFp
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 9, 2022
In the scope of things, tonight appears to be some ‘Must-See TV’ and I hope it really goes well. I’ll watch some of the opening remarks and catch a shitload of video and reviews after and tomorrow morning — it will be good to see all this shit finally make it off the news cycles and into people’s homes in a near-nostalgic kind of way.
I really, really wish the hearings would ignite a great and powerful anti-T-Rump and anti-Republican tsunami in November, and sweep the MAGA/T-Rump horror into the dustbin of history.
The second and third sessions are reportedly scheduled for next Monday and Wednesday but during the day.
Once again, however, here we are…
Image out front is my favorite of the T-Rump mugs, though, ‘favorite‘ does not mean in any form or fashion, as in, ‘my favorite movie,’ or ‘my favorite song.’ It’s more of an anti-appreciation/like.
And aptly titled, ‘Basic Shapes,‘ by caricaturist/illustrator Chong Jit Leong (and found here), it’s an image that displays the elemental form of a purloined sociopath — a bloated profile of flatulent bile and arrogant ignorance.