Somewhere in Bedminster, New Jersey on a Thursday afternoon, it’s entirely possible that an older man sat in front of the TV and howled with rage.
Donald Trump, who spends his summers at his golf club in Bedminster, works in TV and ratings. For example, the widely televised hearings of the Congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol hit him where it hurts.
The former US president reportedly stuck to them and didn’t like what he saw. As the commission has presented a carefully crafted case against Trump as the leader of the failed coup, he is said to be furious that there is no one in the room to speak out for him.
Trump “listened to every rumor” and became increasingly angry – to the point of yelling at the TV, according to his close adviser – over what he sees as “the lack of protection from his allies on Capitol Hill.” . The Washington Post reported..
Perhaps he knows that although the hearings are too late to force him to resign and may or may not be called The Ministry of Justice will open a criminal casethey seem to be causing more political damage than anyone could have imagined.
Fifth hearing on Thursday The same was served in the Cannon Coucus Room, which, somewhat reminiscent of a large ornate ballroom with closed curtains and lights on, lends critiques of Trump a seriousness that neither a trickle of media revelations nor memoirs can give.
Photographers crowded around the witnesses just as the chairman of the jury, a congressman Benny Thompsonstruck with the gavel, which now sounds ominous for Trump, and spoke of “a daring attempt to use the Justice Department to advance the president’s personal political agenda.”
Trump’s scare likely only intensified when Republican Liz Cheney summed up his central role in the plot to cancel the election, then another Republican, Adam Kinzinger, questioned former Justice Department officials. “Today, President Trump’s total disregard for the constitution and his oath will be fully exposed,” Kinzinger said.
Once again everything went smoothly and efficiently. There were no interruptions, no objections, questions of order, or foul tactics. This is said to have infuriated Trump. He especially criticizes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for boycotting the committee instead of giving a vote to pro-Trump Republicans.
Trump told Punchbowl News“Looking back, I think it would have made a lot of sense” to include more Republicans on the committee. “Republicans have no vote. They don’t even have anything to say.”
McCarthy apparently bet that this would allow Republicans to write off the hearings as illegal, partisan and an attempt to divert attention from more pressing issues such as inflation. But the presence of Cheney, Kinzinger, and more than a dozen Republican witnesses disproved that argument.
Moreover, McCarthy, who wants to become Speaker of the House of Representatives, may have forgotten that Trump is paying attention to television, where hearings are inevitable and will move to next month, prolonging the agony. Even if they don’t infiltrate Trump’s base, they infiltrate Trump himself.
And his formidable political sense, which served him well against Hillary Clinton and warned him early that Joe Biden posed the biggest threat to his re-election, will now warn Trump that the Jan. 6 committee’s contribution to the history books endangers his hopes for the 2024 presidential race.
The hearings painted a portrait of a man out of touch with reality, peddling paranoid conspiracy theories and placing himself above his country. Kinzinger noted, “He was willing to sacrifice our republic to extend his presidency. I can’t imagine a more dishonest act on the part of the president.” They also highlighted a heartless, violent streak that saw him make baseless accusations with no regard for how they would destroy individual life.
A source close to Trump told NBC News: “I look at this and say that no one in America looks at this – even with everything that happens in the world with Joe Biden – and does not say: “Donald Trump should be the next president of the United States.” Nobody.'”
Trump checkered list of endorsements This year’s Republican primary also raised questions about whether he has a firm grip on Make America Great Again. Hearings can turn him into a tainted commodity and give even hardy mages some reason to look for better alternatives.
Frank Luntz, a political consultant and sociologist, said: “I see that people don’t drink Kool-Aid anymore. This is the first time I see people moving away from Trump. His support means more than anyone else in the Republican Party, but he no longer controls the Republican Party. He has the loudest voice, he has the biggest impact, but he loses control every day.”
Trump’s top contender for the throne is Ron DeSantis, Florida’s right-wing governor, who leads him in the polls. A poll of 300 likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, the first state in a presidential primary, found 39% wanted by DeSantis be the next nominee, while 37% supported Trump within a margin of error of 5.5%, according to the University of New Hampshire Research Center.
Pam Roel last week at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville, Tennessee, told The Associated Press that she still supports Trump, but is increasingly outnumbered by friends who have left. “They’re like, ‘Get on with the program. Why don’t you support DeSantis?” she said.
If the two men come face to face, DeSantis will be able to point to his record in Florida and be free from the baggage of the 2020 election and the January 6 uprising. More than three decades younger than Trump, the governor will be seen as the candidate of the future, while the former president continues to talk about the past. It turns out that Trump’s big lie can prove his big responsibility.