An honest look at the political fallout over Jan. 6 must include a look ahead to the 2024 presidential election and the possibility of Donald Trump becoming president for a second time.
Democrats continue to paint a protest that got out of hand as an insurrection, a Trump-inspired attempt to overthrow the U.S. government even though the so-called insurrectionists were not armed and did not have a distinguishable leader — unless you consider the QAnon Shaman who “stormed the Capitol in horns,” as NBC News put it.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ran with that baton at Tuesday’s press briefing when set up nicely by a reporter who asked about Fox News host Tucker Carlson shaking the political class to its core on Monday when he aired exclusive video footage of events that took place on January 6, 2021, claiming that the House select committee appointed by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi was lying about an insurrection.
“Last night, Tucker Carlson cherrypicked video surveillance from the January 6th insurrection, severely downplaying the events of that day,” her media ally began. “He said the mob was orderly and meek and that they were tourists instead of insurrectionists. What’s your response to Carlson and to Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who granted him access to that video?”
The White House doubles down on its claim that J6 was the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 7, 2023
“Anybody who watched that video would strongly disagree. Anybody who watched that video, with their own eyes in a real way and saw what happened on that day, would disagree with what was just stated,” Jean-Pierre said.
“The president has been very clear, January 6th was the worst attack in our democracy since the Civil War, and we should be focused on making sure that never happens again,” the diversity hire continued. “I know — Minority Leader [Mitch McConnell] and Senator [Chuck] Schumer have already said this and would hope that keeping the Capitol and Congress safe and secure remains congressional leaders’ number one goal.”
She went on to call Jan. 6 “one of the darkest days of our democracy,” but her remarkable assertion ignored some pretty significant events in history. According to KJP, the Jan. 6 protest takes precedence over World War I and World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attack on the U.S.
“We got to get down to the bottom of what happened. Again, it was an attack on our democracy. I’ll just leave it there,” Jean-Pierre added — which is what the politically-motivated Jan. 6 select committee was supposed to have done when it was first appointed nearly 2 years ago.
There can be no doubt, Jan. 6 remains an unfortunate day. The violence and law-breaking were an embarrassment to our nation, a stain on the concept of rule of law. There still appears to be much we don’t know, including who first breached the Capitol and the FBI’s actual role in events. The one thing any rational person would agree to is that it was not an insurrection.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter that support that assertion:
Worst guided tour since the civil war. https://t.co/r5T9wgfdNE
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) March 8, 2023
The thing about the lie is… They gotta keep repeating it and denying any evidence, to… Keep believing it themselves. It doesn’t make it true anyhow, regardless of how many times they’ll say it… And now that people know the truth about the J6… It’s getting harder to deny.
— DolgVlaPet (@DolgVlaPet) March 8, 2023
They will repeat the propaganda until you believe it.
— Two-Pump Chump! (@montypythonfun) March 8, 2023
“anyone who watched with their own eyes, in a real way”
Meaning – through the small narrow lense of their narrative.
— Daniel DW (@DRC_White) March 7, 2023
They always double down.
— Freedom McFreeburg (@kag_kraken1776) March 7, 2023
Well, what’s their other option at this point? Tell the truth? At this late date? They’d look even dumber than normal.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) March 7, 2023
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