It’s Not What Trump Knew, But What He Had a Responsibility To Know

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Mona Charen

“Watergate, whose 50th anniversary is upon us, is remembered for the question: ‘What did the president know and when did he know it?’ But in our age of post-truth politics, the question loses its punch. The Jan. 6 committee devoted the second of its public hearings to demonstrating beyond doubt that Donald Trump knew he had lost the 2020 election. The unstated assumption here is that Trump did not sincerely believe the election was stolen. He was told over and over again that it wasn’t and yet persisted in propagating a dangerous lie to the world. And therefore, he is responsible. With all due respect to the committee (and I wish them resounding success), that’s the wrong way to look at it. … Asking whether Trump knew the election was free and fair is like asking whether a komodo dragon prefers smooth jazz or hip hop. It’s a category error.” (06/17/22)