“January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again” — that’s one of the disturbing remarks ex-President Trump made as the Thursday public hearing of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot approached.
It’s all right there: Trump and those allied with him are willing to gloss over and maybe even condone political violence if it suits their purposes. Sometimes making sense of Trump’s word salad is genuinely difficult, but that’s the general idea — and glossing over what happened seems to have an inherent element of being fine with it, or at least fine enough with it to just forge on even while the death toll rises.
Trump posted some of his latest remarks essentially excusing at least some of what happened on Truth Social, his alternative social media platform. In full, he said: “The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again. It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”
“The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump also ranted on Thursday. “They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it “THE BIG LIE,” is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”
Calling committee members “the Unselects” just confirms — not that anyone needed confirmation — what a clown the former president actually is. He’s not a serious person in the sense of being someone who’s committed to something other than his own whims. What his ridiculous remarks are useful for is illustrating how what happened on January 6 wasn’t some surprise, one-off occurrence — it was embedded in the fabric of Trumpism. He’s rejected reality at just about every turn, and many of his followers have done the same. In its place, there’s been a cultivation of dangerous, anti-democratic vitriol — and what if next time, the Trump wing of the GOP actually has enough people on their side to stop the certification of an election outcome they don’t like?
Trump also complained about Nancy Pelosi’s supposed culpability in circumstances allowing for the violence of January 6, a right-wing conspiracy theory that’s been addressed elsewhere. Witnesses at the Thursday hearing were set to include the first police officer to be injured as the rioting got underway.