This commentator is eschewing the spectacle, but something or other is happening on Capitol Hill relating to Jan. 6 and the 2020 election.
It appears from coverage that Democrats and weasel Republicans are attempting to use gross overstatement, selective testimony and choice bits of heavily edited depositions from erstwhile Trump partisans to bundle a series of diverse elements into a narrative.
To wit: the 45th chief executive and collaborators engaged in a wide-ranging and probably illegal scheme ranging from pressure tactics to “fake elector slates” to actually ordering an attack on the Capitol to steal back an election Democrats considered rightfully heisted for their guy.
At the same time, the Establishment still resists the Trump team’s efforts to sustain a counter-narrative based on, to name a few issues (thanks here in particular to Margot Cleveland of The Federalist):
- massive statistical anomalies
- counting pauses followed by one-way vote dumps turning the tide
- apparent unlawful ballot harvesting and delivery by “mules”
- billionaires funding partisan staff in local election boards
- big-time fraud in nursing home voting
- out-in-the-open vote-buying
- illegal votes from relocated voters and an investigational bait-and-switch by huffy Georgia officials, and
- state election officials unconstitutionally changing voting procedures.
Try to call out such irregularities? Why, you’re joining in The Big Lie the Committee is exposing.
Three problems arise, however, with the hearings and this characterization:
First, the American people are tuning out in droves.
Second, a highly public February 2021 victory lap in Time magazine essentially backed Trump up by crowing about “a well-funded cabal (emphasis added) of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to … steer media coverage and control the flow of information …. change voting systems and laws and … secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail or the first time … successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.”
Third – and dispositive to this correspondent: if we’ve learned anything over the past six years, is that when the left and the media say Trump is lying, they’re the actual mega-prevaricators. The champion charlatan: omnipresent and ever-annoying Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who’s popped up again touting “evidence of the president’s involvement” in a “scheme” to submit slates of “fake electors.”
Oh. Like the Russian collusion “evidence” Shifty Schiff claimed to possess in March 17 that “is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation?”
Or the Californian’s justification of sham impeachment proceedings based on “overwhelming evidence” that Trump “sought foreign [Ukrainian] interference in an election?” The then-president had already popped that hot-air balloon by releasing the anodyne transcript of the phone call in question. Not to mention that Schiff was soon caught in another lie: denying prior contact with a “whistleblower” he helped to orchestrate the charge.
How about the House Intelligence chairman’s attacks regarding “reports that Russia offered bounties on U.S. troops?” Sniffed Schiff, “Americans are outraged. … The only American who isn’t? Donald Trump. Trump is again taking the Kremlin’s side and calling it a hoax.”
Oops. It was a hoax, as the Biden administration later all but acknowledged.
But the real clincher? The one Trump claim for which Schiff insisted there was “no evidence” and dismissed as “a piece of propaganda:” that the president’s campaign was spied on.
Trump, it turns out, was half right: as his chief of staff Mark Meadows tweeted, “They” – meaning the Hillary Clinton campaign, with the assistance of tech contractors – “didn’t just spy on Donald Trump’s campaign. They spied on Donald Trump as sitting president of the United States.”
Yep. A filing by Special Counsel John Durham showed Clinton campaign lawyer Mark Sussman provided “allegations” to an “agency of the U.S. government” that “relied in part, on … DNS traffic” from “the EOP.” Yep: Dems infiltrated the Executive Office of the President.
So what, you say? First, since whenever Democrats – and especially Schiff – and the legacy media say Trump is lying, they are the real “Big Liars,” their continuous Big Lie drumbeat about 2020 leads to only one conclusion: the election was stolen. They doth protest way too much.
Second: snooping on the White House demonstrates the lengths Democrats will go to bring down the “Orange Man.” Not to mention subjecting any accusers of election theft to “deplatforming”; being clapped in leg irons; subpoenas; or months in solitary confinement as “terrorists.” And using prime-time, professionally produced extravaganzas to elevate and perpetuate the “Big Lie” narrative.
Third: this overkill is really about inoculating Democrats regarding efforts already underway to rig elections in 2022 and beyond.
The precedent is set: identifying future Democrat-favoring voting irregularities risks being labeled a promoter of Trump-variety “false claims” and plagued, persecuted, or even prosecuted as an “insurrectionist.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, before turning tail on Jan. 6, sputtered in November 2020 that if GOPers didn’t fight back, “there’ll never be another Republican president elected again.” Democrats are leveraging the “insurrection” and “Big Lie” smokescreens to prove him right.