True reality TV airs today and is worth watching – The News Herald

“President Trump called the mob together, brought the mob together, and lit the flame for this attack.”

- US Rep. Liz Cheney (R), House Committee Vice Chair

Hi Downriver,

It was compelling television, if you’re into that sort of thing.

A true reality show, without the fake drama and angst of the script.

Instead, for two hours last week, and another nearly two on Monday, the United States received a dose of real reality about the insurrection of January 6, 2021.

In case you missed it, which you probably are, if you’re a Fox (or should I say Faux) News watcher, the “House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol “He provided a truly amazing account. of what really happened that day.

A day when my quadrennial toast had finally been challenged: “And not a shot was fired.”

(I’ve been making this toast every four years since 1972, my first presidential election, following the swearing-in of the next CEO.)

But last year, that toast was spilled by insurgents who not only invaded the Capitol building, but tried to stop a peaceful transition of power that our nation has enjoyed since George Washington voluntarily retired after two terms.

Now there are some who have tried to cover up the mutiny from the beginning.

US Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia described the riot as “a normal tourist visit,” and US Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said the attack on the Capitol building was largely “a peaceful protest.”

So whatever you do, Clyde and Johnson plead, believe us and not your “lying eyes.”

Because if you saw any of the videos from January 6, either in real time or during last week’s hearing, you know what you saw.

You witnessed in real time that day as protesters armed with poles, bear spray, riot gear and hockey sticks attacked a relatively small group of police officers in the capital, forcing them back from bicycle parking barricades to storm the building of the Capitol.

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Serena Liebengood, the widow of US Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, reacts as she listens during a hearing held by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol on June 9. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

You saw them desecrate the very symbol of our nation in every conceivable way, accomplishing something not even the Confederacy accomplished during the Civil War.

So brazen was the attempt to nullify the election that the crowd was heard chanting “hang Mike Pence,” with a noose dangling from makeshift scaffolding outside.

Why Mike Pence?

Because Donald Trump had already singled out his vice president as the key to nullifying the 2020 presidential election, and if he didn’t, well, said the defeated president, “it will be a sad day for our country.”

“So,” Trump said at his Ellipse rally on Jan. 6, “I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do.”

Thankfully, Pence did his constitutional duty that day, prompting Trump to say this regarding the lynching threat: “Maybe our supporters have the right idea.”

To this day, there remains a partisan divide over what happened on January 6, with the GOP almost unanimously whitewashing the event.

For example, five months ago, just over a year after the insurrection, the Republican National Committee officially declared the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill and the events leading up to it to be “legitimate political speech.”

To his credit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called out the GOP for downplaying the riots: “What happened on January 6…was a violent insurrection to try to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election,” he said. he said.

That’s what it was.

Which is precisely the story the American public is getting from the House Committee: a clear, unadorned look at one of the darkest days in American history.

A day that requires the bright disinfectant of sunlight to wash away the lime and stench, punish those responsible, all the way to the top of the pyramid if need be, and give our democracy another chance to survive.

Last week, about 20 million Americans tuned in for the prime-time start of the House Committee’s public hearings (which obviously doesn’t count fake news pundits).

I don’t know how many tuned in on Monday, but there’s another daytime hearing scheduled for 10am today.

US Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee and co-chair of the panel, outlined what to expect from the remaining hearings:

In today’s third public hearing, the panel is expected to show how Trump pressured the Justice Department to claim there was rampant election fraud, as well as his attempt to appoint an attorney general who would help him pull it off.

The fourth public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow and is expected to focus on Trump pressuring Pence and attorney John Eastman to reject certain states’ votes and send the results to those states.

A fifth hearing, yet to be scheduled, will examine a pressure campaign by Trump allies to get state lawmakers and election officials to change the results of the vote, as in Georgia, where Trump asked election officials to they found enough votes to allow him to win the state.

The last two public hearings will focus on the words Trump used to summon “a violent mob and unlawfully order them to march on the United States Capitol.”

The truth is, I haven’t seen anything like this in 50 years, 50 years ago last month when the Watergate hearings convened.

According to the Center for American Progress, those hearings would lead to fundamental changes in the political landscape, such as “combating the corrupting influence of money in politics; promote ethics and transparency in government; protect people against abuses of government power; and limit certain extraordinary exercises of presidential authority.”

Of course, today we know that almost all of those things never happened or were annulled by court rulings.

Indeed, in many ways, our political landscape is more apocalyptic than ever.

But one can wait.

And that hope comes only from first educating yourself about what’s going on, drawing your own conclusions, and then getting involved.

Even if that means simply casting a vote.

Because that’s the most American thing we can do.

Craig Farrand is a former managing editor of The News-Herald Newspapers. He can be reached at cfarrandudm@yahoo.com.

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