House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hyper-partisan January 6 committee concluded that former President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting a violent insurrection before it was officially formed, and any further “investigation” at this stage is entirely unnecessary.
The subpoenas, the requests for Trump administration communications, the demands to the National Archives, and the attempt to condemn millions of Americans for having concerns about election security are all part of a wider effort to force dissenters to submit to the authority of a vessel president owned and operated by the most vicious, radical, and dangerous extremists the United States Congress and White House has ever seen.
Last week it was revealed that the House committee is seeking executive branch documents from the Trump administration in what can only be described as a fishing expedition. The documents and records would include communications to former First Lady Melania Trump, the former president’s children, and hundreds of other unnamed officials, members of Congress, and supporters of the Trump White House.
A letter sent by the House committee to eight government agencies said that the exhaustive records they are demanding would help them determine “how the January 6th events fit in the continuum of efforts to subvert the rule of law, overturn the results of the November 3, 2020 election, or otherwise impede the peaceful transfer of power.”
The committee makes it perfectly clear that it is an established fact that former President Donald Trump engaged in an effort to subvert the rule of law, and that he worked to overturn legitimate election results – a claim that Trump and most Republicans would deny.
Nancy Pelosi has no evidence that former President Donald Trump or Congressional Republicans incited a violent insurrection on January 6 or attempted to subvert the rule of law. And while she insists that these claims are true, she is undercut by her own committee’s requests for access to calls, emails, and documents that she has never even seen to prove it.
If she knows it to be true, then why does she need subpoenas and Trump administration records to prove it?
And if she doesn’t have the evidence to support these assertions, then why has her committee accepted them as established fact so soon?
Without Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who were refused seats on this panel by Speaker Pelosi, there are no dissenting voices ready to question whether the very foundation of this committee is true in the first place. It’s the equivalent of grabbing a man on the street, making him the suspect in a murder case, assuming him guilty, and using time in court to debate how he committed the crime. And demanding access to his personal emails.
Former President Trump is guilty until proven guilty.
Never mind the fact that the former president called on protesters to remain peaceful and told violent rioters to go home.
Do you know a single Republican that supports the protestors who chose to break free from the crowds of peaceful activists and occupy the Capitol Building? I don’t.
And in fact, any Republican who wanted a discussion about the evidence of fraud in the 2020 election will no doubt feel anger at the behavior of both left-wing and right-wing activists who chose to cause a scene on January 6.
By evidence of fraud, by the way, I don’t mean the kooky theories whispered into the ears of pro-Trump businessman Mike Lindell and attorney Sidney Powell, but the data compiled by Matt Braynard and his Voter Integrity Project that revealed tens of thousands of votes cast by people registered on the National Change of Address Database and with fake addresses.
This data will likely never be seen by most American voters who would, in normal circumstances, be horrified about what was discovered.
Pelosi’s January 6 committee – which has already heard “evidence” from openly radical left-wing activists, including a cop who peddles race politics – was founded on a contested and likely false assertion and until even a single member of this panel questions that assertion or seeks to obtain evidence that would confirm or deny it, it will remain partisan and deeply divisive.
I’m not a Trump sycophant. I’m not even by American standards a proper conservative. I strongly believe in bipartisanship and it is my belief that moderate liberals have greater power to curtail the threat posed by radical extremists in their ranks than conservatives do.
However, for liberals to exercise this power, they must do more than just condemn the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – a fringe actress who believes anything her speechwriters make her say on her gamer girl livestreams. Liberals must take on the literal leaders of their party, and that is no easy feat.
Look how that worked out for former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
The damage is done. The media will never stop repeating Pelosi’s false assertions. Far-left extremists have been emboldened not just by Pelosi’s lies but by other high-profile Democrats encouraging them to violently attack, harass, and demean conservatives in the street, at work, and online.
Conservative opposition to the January 6 Committee will only feed into the false narrative that Republicans committed a heinous crime and are trying to cover it up. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true.
Only moderate Democrats, brave enough to stand up to their party machine and willing to expose these deeply divisive lies and tactics, can derail the false narratives and help heal this deep and dangerous divide. Without any such Democrat coming forward, however, I fear that we may not see a political landscape that is recognisably “normal” any time soon.