Trump and the GOP spin fantasies to hide his crimes against the Constitution | CNN Politics
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at a news conference, with (L-R) Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi???s decision to reject two of Leader McCarthy???s selected members from serving on the committee investigating the January 6th riots on July 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi announced she would be rejecting Rep. Banks and Rep. Jordan???s assignment to the committee. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
It's gone beyond whitewashing history. Ex-President Donald Trump and his House Republican enablers are now spinning fantastical inversions to hide his crimes against the Constitution on January 6.
The audio came out on the same day Trump’s mouthpiece on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans spoke out against authoritarianism and abuses of power – but they leveled those accusations at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and not the twice-impeached former President.
And the hysterical and hyperbolic reaction by GOP leaders to Pelosi’s move also emphasized how the House Republican Party will do anything in its quest to shield Trump from accountability and to prevent Americans – and ultimately history – from having a true understanding of what happened on January 6.
McCarthy and fellow Trump devotee Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio – one of the lawmakers blocked by the speaker – are seeking to blame Pelosi for the insurrection – rather than the ex-President who called a crowd to Washington and then goaded it with false claims that the election was rigged.
But most fundamentally, the Republican leadership charges that Pelosi is guilty of the very crimes against the Constitution and American democracy that Trump perpetrated showed how far the GOP has traveled from the spirit of its onetime hero, President Ronald Reagan, who once said that democracy was “the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. ”
… Pelosi has broken this institution,” McCarthy said, in an overwrought news conference no doubt designed to impress Trump, who he visited last week to discuss midterm election strategy.
“I think it’s very clear to the American public this is a sham, but we will make sure we get to the real answers,” McCarthy said, promising his own probe of an insurrection that was the direct result of Trump’s lies about election fraud.
McCarthy was not the only Republican leader who made political calculations that require covering up Trump’s abuses of power.
“She is afraid of the American people finding out the truth that her failed leadership and the gross mismanagement of the U. S. Capitol led to the tragic events that day,” Stefanik, said, transferring Trump’s guilt to the speaker.
“I think that any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and a commitment to the rule of law and Minority leader McCarthy has not done that,” Cheney said.