Maybe we all misheard. Maybe the Capitol coup crowd was actually chanting “harangue Mike Pence.” Like, they’d come armed with their most withering Voltairian bons mots and resolved to reduce their obstinate VP to a humiliated puddle of briny tears and self-reproach.
I mean, that makes more sense, right? Because what kind of anti-American troglodyte would call for the extrajudicial execution of the vice president? And what kind of president would endorse such a thing? Seems impossible, doesn’t it?
In fact, the very notion that a world leader would approve of the execution of his “friend” and sidekick just because he’d refused to steal an election in his favor is so outlandish, it somehow failed to generate multiple screaming headlines on the front pages of our most venerable broadsheets when it was first reported more than two weeks ago. But if new reporting is accurate, we could be getting yet another bracing look inside the sprawling hog feces lagoon that is Donald Trump’s head.
The American people may soon hear directly from a key witness in the House January 6 select committee’s investigation who can speak to former President Donald Trump‘s approving reaction to the US Capitol riot — live testimony that could be the most important moment of the panel’s upcoming public hearings.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is now likely to testify in person during one of the committee’s upcoming hearings after she replaced her lawyer who had significant links to the former President, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!
I don’t know much about Hutchinson, but unless she spontaneously levitates, croons “Stairway to Heaven” backward in Latin, and coughs up Kirk Cameron’s neatly severed head halfway through her testimony, she’ll automatically have more credibility than Donald Trump. Come to think of it, even if she does expectorate Cameron’s goofy dominionist noodle, she’ll still be more believable than Trump.
According to previous reporting, Hutchinson has already told the Jan. 6 committee that Trump let Meadows know he approved of the “hang Mike Pence” chants and also complained when Pence was removed to safety.
A source told CNN that Hutchinson didn’t want to stonewall the committee and face a contempt of Congress charge, and the fact that she’s fired her Trump-aligned lawyer, Stefan Passantino—a former deputy White House counsel in the Trump administration—shows that she’s now more willing to cooperate.
Of course, it’s one thing to see a quote in a Washington Post story. It’s a whole other thing to hear it live in a prime-time congressional hearing from an eyewitness while tens of millions of your fellow Americans watch with their mouths agape. Could this be the indelible moment—the “have you no sense of decency?” money quote—that our democracy desperately needs right now?
Stay tuned to the hearings! Will be wild!
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