Donald Trump amped up the attacks on his chief Republican antagonist today after Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of only two members of the GOP on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection, told the world that former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s refusal to honor a subpoena from the committee strongly suggests that Trump himself may have been “personally involved in the planning and execution” of the violent incursion into the Capitol Building.
Just yesterday the fervent anti-Trump Cheney told the committee that “Based on the committee’s investigation, it appears that Mr. Bannon had substantial advanced knowledge of the plans for January 6 and likely had an important role in formulating those plans.”
The Wyoming Republican cited Bannon and Trump’s invocations of executive privilege when she said that the pair’s legal maneuvers “appear to reveal one thing: They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6, and this committee will get to the bottom of that.”
Cheney’s insinuation of direct involvement by the disgraced former president in the plotting of the insurrection was akin to waving a red flag in the face of an already enraged bull in that it led to the dropping of another load of pure bull manure in response.
Trump issued a statement attacking Rep. Cheney in his most savage indictment to date of the most prominent GOP adversary he has faced.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) October 20, 2021
As the person who posted Trump’s angry and malicious statement notes, there is a considerable amount of projection, as usual, in the ex-president’s assault on his chief Republican tormentor.
A man who never exceeded the 50% approval mark during his presidential tenure and lost the popular vote for the nation’s highest office not once, but twice, perhaps shouldn’t be attacking Liz Cheney for her low poll numbers.
The description of a “smug fool” whom “people absolutely cannot stand” is as perfect a description of Trump himself — particularly if you add in some details about his incompetence and lack of intelligence — as one could find.
Trump is apparently trying to shift the attention from the investigation of his own likely criminal behavior to the treachery and disloyalty of a member of his own party as he seeks to at least slow down — if not halt completely — the House Select Committee’s access to his presidential records and what could be potentially damning evidence against him.
Trump’s insulting bleatings about Cheney aren’t likely to dissuade the Wyoming lawmaker from continuing to pursue the truth about the January 6th insurrection and about any involvement by the losing candidate in the 2020 presidential race in its planning and execution.
Cheney may be a right-wing ideologue standing in the footsteps of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, but she has a strong sense of what constitutes the democratic process in the federal government and will fight to the end to protect it against the type of threats that Trump’s dangerous mob of followers present.
Let Trump issue all the nasty press releases he wants.
In the end, the House Select Committee will likely get all the information it needs to find out the truth behind what happened on January 6th, and if Trump is proven to be implicated, he will face his just deserts from the judicial system.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.