Despite the dramatic, eyeball-opening testimony yesterday from Cassidy Hutchinson before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection/riot/coup, the Republican party itself will most likely keep shitting our country’s mess kit and will just punch harder against reality.
And not seek higher ground from the horror of the T-Rump.
Cancer on the presidency and America could go untreated:
“There is, in fact, overwhelming evidence to show that Trump was guilty of trying to overthrow the United States government in a self-coup to perpetuate his power despite losing the 2020 election.”
— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) June 29, 2022
Max Boot in an op/ed at The Washington Post last night, after examining the notable evidence spoken out loud by Hutchinson in the hearing, concluded, however, the asshole GOP will still shit in the wind:
On June 25, 1973, former White House counsel John Dean shocked the country with his testimony to a Senate committee revealing President Richard M. Nixon’s complicity in the Watergate coverup. He recalled “telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed that the President himself would be killed by it.”
He thereby set in motion the process that led to Nixon’s downfall a little more than a year later.
It has taken 49 years, almost to the day, but on Tuesday afternoon we finally heard congressional testimony about presidential misconduct whose shock value might rival Dean’s. The question now is whether the Republican Party will finally realize that former president Donald Trump is not fit to hold office — that, indeed, our democracy might not survive another Trump term.
Or will the GOP shrug this off, as they have every other Trump scandal, as a trivial distraction from what they regard as far more important issues, such as the price of gasoline?
Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked as an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, electrified a television audience, Dean-style, with her firsthand account of Trump’s actions in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, and on that infamous day itself. There were too many jaw-dropping moments to count.
Yet the diagnosis in the end really sucks:
What Trump has been credibly accused of is far worse than anything that Nixon ever did. There is, in fact, overwhelming evidence to show that Trump was guilty of trying to overthrow the United States government in a self-coup to perpetuate his power despite losing the 2020 election.
Moreover, far from ending his plotting when he left office, as Nixon did, Trump continues to spread lies about the vote, to promote election deniers, and to do everything possible to rig the next president election.
In short, the cancer on the presidency that Hutchinson revealed is far more malignant than the cancer that Dean uncovered. The only way to excise this cancer is for Republicans to turn on Trump, as they eventually turned on Nixon after the revelation of the “smoking gun” White House tape.
In Trump’s case, we already have a battery of smoking howitzers.
Yet, so far, even the previous testimony heard by the Jan. 6 committee has not broken Trump’s hold on his party. In a recent Quinnipiac poll, only 28-percent of Republicans said that the former president bore “a lot” or “some” responsibility for the events of January 6.
Sixty-nine percent said he bore either “not much responsibility” or “none at all.”
If there is any justice in the world, Hutchinson’s testimony will finally break through the force field of indifference enveloping the Republican Party. But having seen Trump survive too many other scandals that should have ended his disgraceful political career, I cannot be overly sanguine that he has finally reached his rightful reckoning.
The cancer has been exposed but could still continue to metastasize.
Boot is an old-hand Republican, a former GW Bush/Iraq war barker, but he’s changed his tune with the T-Rump’s antics. Need more like him.
In the wind again, and here we are once again…
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.