January 6th Hearing: Don’t Let Motives Obscure Facts

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The boilerplate Republican response to last Thursday’s prime-time, televised hearing  of the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol runs something like this: It wasn’t really a ‘hearing.’ It was a campaign infomercial for the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump wing of the GOP. Its goal was partially to save the Democrats’ bacon in the November midterms, and partially to protect the two Republican members of the committee from pro-Trump primary challengers, by leaning into the narrative of, essentially, an attempted coup d’etat by the disgraced former president. I’m inclined to agree with that assessment. If truth in advertising laws applied to Congress, the committee’s name would use the word ‘exploit’ rather than ‘investigate.’ Politics being politics, it’s always safest to assume ulterior motives. An intention to exploit the facts, however, does not change those facts.” (06/12/22)