A bridge too far for the DemonRats?
EXCLUSIVE: Former President Donald Trump “loves the idea of testifying” before the House select committee investigating January 6th, a source close to Trump told Fox News Digital just after the panel unanimously voted to subpoena him.
The source said that if Trump complied with the subpoena and testified, he would “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on January 3, 2021.”
The committee — which consists of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans — voted Thursday to compel Trump to testify about his conduct leading up to and during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday, Trump slammed the committee and its investigation as a “witch hunt.”
“The committee is a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt which is a continuation of the witch hunt that has gone on since the great day for our country that I came down the golden escalator with our future first lady,” Trump said. “They have no case, they have no ratings, so they have to try to do this to get publicity.”
The esteemed Monica Showalter argues that, with this maneuver, the Dems may have bitten off more than they can chew. Me, I’m skeptical.
Three things could happen with this kangaroo court show, and none of them is good for Democrats.
One, a Trump appearance would attract a huge audience, given the popularity of Trump and the prospects ahead that he may well run for office. For Liz Cheney, who was thrown out of office by her own constituents for this, the taste would be especially bitter.
The audience will almost certainly dwarf the abysmal TV ratings for this shitshow so far, but outside of snootering one fake-conservative Vichy GOPe turncoat, I don’t really see how much damage it does to the DemonRats, who have more than adequately demonstrated how little they’re bothered by what Real Americans think of them anyway.
Two, Trump would be a powerful voice for refuting the nonsense that Republicans attempted a coup d’état on January 6, and the complicity of FBI provocateurs, the failure of the Capitol Police to secure the Capitol premises, the refusal of House speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow the National Guard to guard the premises as President Trump had offered, and the sheer illegality of the commission itself with its handpicked-by-Pelosi members would all be laid out even as the committee tries to narrowly pin the riots on Trump.
So? Plenty of us are well aware of all that already, but it hasn’t slowed their roll any as far as I can see.
They may succeed in holding the hearings behind closed doors, but Trump would be out soon enough to tell the public all about what he said, and in any case, there would be leaks and hidden cell phone footage, given the public interest. At long last, Trump would be able to defend himself, he’d do it particularly ably, there’d be laughs and one-liners, and the committee would come out looking like sour-face bozos in a clown car. He’d eat them alive.
I repeat: so? The moment Trump “telling the public” anything whatsoever begins to look threatening, ie effective, the media will bury the news deeper than they did the Hunter Biden laptop story. Sadly, the happy notion of Trump being able to “eat them alive” in a way that will truly change the direction of this Kafka-esque nightmare rests on a four-part assumption:
- That this is still America That Was;
- That the rule of law is still in effect;
- That the truth still matters in American politics;
- And finally, that We The People still have some influence on the workings of the central government
Not one of those assumptions is true.
Three, a precedent would be set: all former presidents would be compelled to answer to congressional subpoenas, which would create interesting times for obvious coup-plotters such as Barack Obama, obvious corrupt pols such as Joe Biden, and obvious crooks such as Bill Clinton. If Trump goes, they all have to go, and a Republican-led Congress could make this pretty miserable for them. The Trump-haters on the January 6 Committee never seem to think these things through.
Uh huh, right. “Precedent.” If you truly do believe that “interesting times” might be in store for Bathhouse Barry, Formaldehyde Joe, and the Clenis, we should discuss the ocean-front property in Arizona I have up for sale. Regrettably, the only people a Republican-led Congress will be making things miserable for is you and me, and “precedent” be damned. They’ve demonstrated this home truth time and time again.
In their desperation, they think they can at long last Get Trump with this obvious power-grab, which disrespects the separation of powers in the Constitution and makes America subject to the Legislature alone. If Trump testifies as they wish, they will be in for a surprise.
It’d be nice to think so, certainly. Alas, here’s what I think is more likely to happen: Trump is indeed allowed to lay all the facts out regarding the “election” and J6, explicitly and without diversionary interruption, speechifying, or dispute, laying bare a veritable ziggurat of distortion, manipulation, and outright deceit…whereupon he’s immediately charged with perjury, lying to Congress, and anything else the DemonRats can conjure up anyway. The whole dumbshow concludes with America’s President being frogmarched out in handcuffs by Pelosi’s Capitol Po-lice, packed into the paddy wagon, and bunged into durance vile with the other J6 internees to await a “fair trial.”
This scenario is a real wet-dream for not only the DemonRats, but for all too many NeverTrumpTard GOPe blackguards as well. The one and only thing The Donald has going for him here is his massive and deep well of support from mainstream Americans. We all have to hope that that will be enough to shield him against being railroaded and unjustly imprisoned on whatever phony pretext the Swamp creatures can cobble together for the purpose; at this point, there can be no reasonable person who would put anything at all past these odious scoundrels.
As counterpoint to the worries I expressed above, I also can’t help but think that there has to be at least a few DemonRats who are hesitant to go full Soviet on him, for fear of making Trump a martyr, thereby touching off exactly the kind of bloody, rage-fueled uprising they’ve dishonestly portrayed the J6 protest as being. I do hate to rest my hopes on such a shaky proposition as there actually being such a thing as a “reasonable, rational DemonRat” currently extant, but, well, there you have it.