By: John Semmens
The January 6 insurrection show trial opened with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) making an irrefutable case for Trump’s guilt.
“First, we have his own words spoken just minutes before his mob of supporters telling them ‘to peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol and make your voices heard,’” Cheney pointed out. “These are code words—dog whistles if you prefer—instructing them to violently and treasonously attack Congress.”
“Second, the claim that these insurrectionists were unarmed is a distraction,” she argued. “They knew that the Capitol Police had weapons and could have easily overwhelmed them and seized those weapons. That’s why the Capitol Police had to be ready to use all reasonable force to quell the rebellion. Luckily, Ashley Babbitt was the only one who had to be killed in order to maintain the peace.”
“Third, Trump’s offer on January 2nd to send 20,000 National Guard troops to protect the Capitol was thwarted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi who cleverly refused to allow these troops to be put at her disposal. She remembered how Russian troops refused to fire on citizens protesting a coup against the Yeltsin government seeking to reestablish the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Rather than being saddled with troops that might refuse orders to shoot the insurrectionists she expected to enter the Capitol, she wisely relied upon the Capitol Police’s loyalty and was proved correct.”
Confident that Trump will be found guilty, Cheney has been soliciting donations for her reelection campaign from former Trump Administration aides that have been subpoenaed by Committee to appear as witnesses. “I’m giving these rats a fair chance to desert a sinking ship and save themselves from going to jail by joining the winning team,” she explained.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called Cheney’s solicitation “witness tampering. It is not something an honest person would do. At best, it is improper conduct. Some might suspect it conveys more than a hint of extortion or intimidation. I can’t imagine that any money she might get out of this would overcome the revulsion that the voters of her state must feel toward such tactics.”