As the hearings by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection continue, the twice-impeached, former reality TV game show host who incited it is becoming ever more rattled and desperate. Donald Trump has been seething with rage that is fueling his latest round of lies and infantile insults.
Not satisfied with posting his rants on his failing TRUTH Social Twitter clone, Trump spent some quality time with the fawning sycophants at Newsmax (video below). The resulting “interview” with Trump toady Rob Finnerty was notable only for Trump’s relentless and tedious repetition of his “greatest hits” from the past, including crowd pleasers like “Russia, Russia, Russia,” the Ukraine extortion, and of course, his “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. Trump also had his spokes-shill post the video of this interview on Twitter, after she and Trump swore never to tweet again. That lasted just three weeks.
In the Newsmax interview, Trump eventually did get around to more current news being made by the January 6th Committee. And not surprisingly, he was fixated on Tuesday’s witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. The main point that Trump sought to make was that he hardly knew the top aide to his highest ranking White House staffer. That’s an admission of a remarkable state of cognitive disengagement.
After being asked the first question, Trump rambled endlessly about the Committee that is so effectively illuminating his legal and moral malfeasance. He began by replying to a question about Hutchinson’s testimony:
“I thought it was absolutely crazy. This committee is, a lot of people say, illegally formed. But when you look at what they’re doing, and what they’re saying, and what they’re doing to their country – and now the good news is a lot of people aren’t watching, a lot of people aren’t listening to it – but they’re trying to do real harm.
First of all, the only people saying that the committee was “illegally formed” are the voices in Trump’s diseased cranium. And as for whether people are watching, Trump surely knows that the ratings have been through the roof. Well, except for Fox News where viewers were so afraid of being exposed to actual facts that they refused to tune in. But Trump’s outburst was only just beginning. He continued raging that…
“This lady yesterday [Hutchinson]. There’s something wrong with her? Is there something wrong? She said I jumped from the car and I started strangling? Think of this…I started strangling a Secret Service agent who I know very well. I grabbed the steering wheel of a car. Said that I wanted guns at my rally. I didn’t want guns. I have to speak too, and I didn’t want guns for anybody.
Taking his cue from the Trump-fluffing, right-wing media, Trump focused on a brief part of Hutchinson’s testimony that was actually her representation of what she was told by someone else. The only report of it being disputed was via an anonymous source who wasn’t there either. Virtually everything else she said was first-hand and corroborated. And in regards to his willingness to allow guns into his rally and the subsequent riots at the Capitol, Trump himself was the source. He told the crowd at his speech that he wanted the Secret Service to remove the magnetometers that scan for weapons so that his audience would be bigger.
Moving on, Trump said that Hutchinson was “living in fantasyland,” and is “social climber.” He complained that “it’s shame that this is happening to our country,” and that there weren’t any Republicans to dispute the testimony. Although he immediately acknowledge two of them: Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney. But he dismissed them because Kinzinger has announced that he isn’t running for reelection, and Cheney is “down by 35 points.” As if that has anything to do with the substance of the hearings.
What Trump didn’t mention is that it was GOP minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans who opposed the creation of an independent, non-partisan commission to conduct the investigation. And he has no standing to complain about representation considering that he ordered his supporters (i.e. flunkies) not to cooperate with the Committee. And there is nothing stopping him from appearing before the Committee to tell his side of the story, except for his own cowardice and consciousness of guilt.
Trump also repeated the debunked lie that he offered 10,000 National Guard troops to protect Congress – from his supporters?. Then he segued to whining that the media didn’t report how big his crowd was and, of course, more ranting about how the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. For which he still hasn’t been able to provide a shred of evidence after more than a year and a half and sixty court cases.
During the interview, Trump also criticized Fox News. Finnerty specifically mentioned the moment when Bret Baier noted that Hutchinson’s testimony was “very compelling from beginning to end,” and “really, really powerful.” Trump replied saying that “Fox doesn’t put it [election fraud lies] on and, by the way, you people don’t put it on either. You’re afraid of being sued or something. [and you will] probably cut what I’m saying out.”
Actually, Newsmax has already been sued, along with Fox News and others, for defamation by two voting systems companies: Dominion and Smartmatic. The only thing puzzling about this is why Trump isn’t a defendant in those lawsuits. However, Finnerty assured Trump that his lies would be included when the interview aired, along with his attack on Fox News.
It is obviously in the interest of Newsmax to disparage Fox, the network that Newsmax host Greg Kelly recently called “fake news.” Which is a deliciously ironic turn of events. As is Trump accusing Newsmax to its face of planning to alter the interview. It just affirms that Trump is solely obsessed with how he is presented, even when he’s whining on friendly forums like Newsmax.
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WATCH: President Trump’s full @newsmax interview responding to the latest false allegations from the Unselect Committee
Part 1: pic.twitter.com/kYtYUhaxzW
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) June 30, 2022
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