How is the big guy taking it? Not good.
Even before the House Jan. 6 committee held its final hearing. before calling for criminal charges against him. before producing a voluminous report detailing findings from a massive 18-month investigation into his efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election. Before it was revealed that his tax return acquisition allowed him to avoid mandatory audits while lying about being continuously audited for years, Donald Trump was crying a river over all the injustice.
In the early hours of December 17, the Republican Party leader said on social media platform Truth Social:
Our country is sick, like people dying of cancer. The Democrats and the crooked FBI, the so-called “judiciary” and “intelligence department” that are all part of the system, are cancer. A once great and beautiful nation will perish if these weaponized thugs and tyrants are not dealt with!!!
Good morning, ex-President.
On December 19, the panel called on the Justice Department to indict Trump on four felony counts of obstructing official process, conspiring to deceive the United States, conspiring to make a false statement, and inciting or aiding insurrection. A few hours later, Trump issued a “statement on referral to the Commission on Jan. 6,” in its entirety, which read:
These people do not understand that freedom-loving people gather around me when they pursue me. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Americans know that he called for 20,000 troops to prevent violence on his January 6th and that I went on TV and told everyone to go home ….
Two minutes before this Nietzsche nod, Trump presented a new legal defense with truth. convincing. Double Jeopardy for everyone! ”
Double jeopardy is the legal principle that you cannot be prosecuted for the same crime twice. It does not apply to impeachment proceedings because impeachment proceedings are not criminal prosecutions. Trump should probably ask his lawyers to explain this, but the lawyers who were advising him in late 2020 and early 2021 may not.
On Dec. 21, before the commission’s full report was released, President Trump posted post after post about the crisis at the border. Among them were calls for “criminal punishment for administrative violations” of immigration policy. Every day of. ”
He also shared testimony from actor Jon Voight, recorded on Nov. 13, two days before Trump announced his third run for president. It warned of the “injustices” that brought World War II to the brink, especially the lie that Biden won the 2020 election.
“Guys, can’t you see this lie?” Voight asks the camera. “We must all wake up because if we don’t see this lie, this country will perish. Die in its beauty, in its freedom, in its opportunity. It is the land of the free.” It should be there, but it’s far from it.It’s the dark web, the dark world.”
Fortunately, these problems, as once identified by the man who was spat out by a giant snake, were easy to fix. is. Wake up, fellow Americans. ”
America is in mourning.
〇On the morning of December 22, Trump posted a video calling on “all Republicans” to refuse to pass the $1.7 trillion total spending bill. All sellouts are designed to keep you spoiled. It included accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of being “more Democrat than Republican” and an “absolute disaster.”
This has been a true test of Trump’s hold on the party, and the results have been astonishing. Later that day, 18 Senate Republicans voted on the bill alongside their Democratic colleagues. It then passed the House of Representatives in an almost partisan vote. Trump later called passage of the bill “very bad for our country, very bad for the Republican Party!” He also said the language of this blanket bill that reforms the Electoral Count Act by making it clear that the vice president does not have the unilateral power to overturn the results of an election is one that his vice president, Mike Pence, does. An amazing leap of legal logic coming from someone else.
On the night of December 22, shortly after the commission released its 800-plus page report, Trump posted: . . show me the words “peacefully and patriotically” that I used, or study the election fraud that is the reason for the protest. Witch Hunt! “
In fact, on page 586, the report cites Trump’s use of these words.
The next day, December 23rd, was certainly one of a kind in the history of U.S. presidents because of the purity of the turmoil that poured out of the Oval Office’s former and would-be-returning occupants. not.
In a post that morning, Trump lashed out at how the FBI “used Twitter and Facebook to beat the 2020 election to Biden.” He followed this up by saying that the FBI “had a cold” and that “honest and brave prosecutors and judges must strengthen and wipe out this cancer that is ravaging our once great nation.” I made a declaration in all capital letters that I must.
Later in the day, Trump released a three-minute video denouncing the “outrageous abuse of power” by the Democrats in releasing tax returns, accusing them of “seizing these classified records” and “completely unconstitutional.” (Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court, including his own three appointees, has refused to entertain Trump’s case for filing it.”
No one is more zealous than Donald Trump in believing that the transgressions of others, even imaginary ones, should be severely punished. He would be wise to hope that one day those who judge him will not be so merciless.
HuhOn the evening of December 23, shortly after sharing a link to a Breitbart article, his approval ratings for Mitch McConnell soared, making him the clear frontrunner in the 2024 election’s Republican primary. Trump, which seems to indicate that he has established himself, released a five-minute video. He challenged the report of the “non-selected” committee. Among the highlights:
- “The committee cut out part of my speech, in which I encourage protesters to speak out ‘peacefully and patriotically’.” [Again, this comment was included, and contextualized.]
- “[They] He intentionally left out the part of the tweet that told the protesters to “go home in peace with love.” ” [This comment is quoted on pages 93, 580, and 607.]
- “A few days before the protest, I pushed for the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops to keep the event safe for all involved…Nancy Pelosi and the DC Mayor refused. did.” [All false: The committee’s report on page 534 notes that Trump at one point “floated the idea of having 10,000 National Guardsmen deployed to protect him and his supporters from any supposed threats by leftwing counter-protestors,” but this idea, which in context amounts to Trump’s wanting the National Guard to assist in his insurrection, was not pursued.]
- “And they spread a ridiculous and unreliable story that I supposedly ran into the wheel in an attempt to hijack the president’s limo. I believe in. No one believes that story.” [Whitman, via witless man: “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself.”]
- “Most importantly, the unelected committee did not produce a shred of evidence that I intended or desired any form of violence in the Capitol.” [Trump is right about this one: The committee did not turn up a shred of evidence so much as a mountain of it.]
- “The events of January 6th were not riots. They were protests that tragically got out of hand, and since then the Left has weaponized American citizens to censor, spy on and persecute them. rice field.”
- “A committee that is not elected will go down in history as fraud and dishonor.”
Donald Trump has given a new meaning to the word “shameless.”
T.Of course, there will be a lot more of this in the coming days. On Christmas Eve, President Trump said, “I had very little to do with January 6th. Free Speech!” “Merry His Christmas to everyone, including the Radical Left Marxists who are trying to destroy our country.” President Biden’s ruminative Christmas juxtaposed with his message quickly became a meme.
Biden’s Christmas message vs. Trump’s Christmas message. pic.twitter.com/LigqGNcFYG
— Don’t lie to Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) December 25, 2022
I could go on and on with the catalog of Trump posts, but you get the idea.
One of the not-surprising but important conclusions to draw from Trump’s recent review of social media rants is that he clearly hasn’t read the commission’s report, nor has he read much about it. It means no. (For highlights, see Amanda Carpenter’s analysis.) Not to mention the dozens of occasions when his election fraud allegations were plainly told to be unfounded. He is not mentioned more than 200 times that he and others in his inner circle attempted to persuade, pressure or coerce state and local officials to ignore and overturn the election results. There is no mention of his apparently seditious attempts to install the disgruntled Jeffrey Clarke of the Justice Department to sabotage the authentication of electoral votes. He still thinks it’s about free speech, the right to lie without consequences.
With the Jan. 6 commission report released and an accelerating Justice Department investigation now headed by a special counsel, this moment may be the beginning of the end of Trump’s dodging of consequences. , don’t think his social media takes that possibility into account. He will continue to post angry lies — until, perhaps, prison bars prevent him from accessing the Internet.