When It Comes To January 6th, Republicans Are Totally Divorced From Reality

When It Comes To January 6th, Republicans Are Totally Divorced From Reality

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We are tragically wrong if we believe that the televised January 6 committee hearings will change the GOP or end Trump’s coup attempt.

The GOP is increasingly divorced from reality, and Trump’s coup attempt continues unabated.

The committee’s first four hearings demolished Trump’s endlessly repeated election fraud myths.

However, the Republican response to these hearings ranged from indifference to hostility. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, tweeted that committee members “will not stop lying about their political opponents” and called the committee “despicable.”

On Friday, speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville, Trump repeated his big lie — as if the hearings never took place.

The lie is now so deeply ingrained in the Republican Party that it has become a central tenet of Republican dogma.

It is now the vehicle by which Republican candidates signal their allegiance both to Trump and to a wide range of grievances (some imaginary, others stemming from the so-called “culture wars”) that now constitute the Republican brand.

So far, at least 108 Republican candidates who embrace the big lie have won their nominations or advanced to the second round, and there is no sign that the hearings have reduced the intensity of their demagoguery.

Republican voters chose eight great leaders for the US Senate, 86 for the House, five for governor, four for attorney general and one for secretary of state.

These big lie candidates don’t feel pressured to respond to the committee’s findings because their districts or states are already Republican, and most of their voters have either ruled out or aren’t paying attention to committee hearings.

Remember, the 2020 election was mostly about Trump – were you for or against him. Voters in districts and states that largely voted for him are not going to change their minds easily.

The cognitive dissonance required to shift from believing Trump’s big lie to accepting the reality of what has occurred is simply too formidable. Furthermore, few of his news sources – Fox News, right-wing radio and right-wing social media – questioned the big lie.

An even more troubling reality is that since these districts or states are Republican, these big liar candidates are likely to win the positions they are seeking. In an open primary in a safe Georgia Republican district, for example, all nine candidates questioned the 2020 result.

Many of these Republican candidates will hold positions with the power to interfere with the results of future elections – to block certification of election results, change their state’s rules on the allocation of electoral votes, or give in to litigation that seeks to nullify the popular vote.

Meanwhile, the GOP’s biggest supporters — like billionaire Peter Thiel, who has donated tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of major candidates JD Vance and Blake Masters — show no signs of dampening their support in light of the committee’s findings.

Big corporations continue to write fat checks to would-be big lies. In April alone (the last month for which data is available), Fortune 500 companies and commercial organizations donated more than $1.4 million to members of Congress who voted not to certify election results, according to an analysis. Accountable.US transparency group. AT&T led the pack, giving $95,000 to opponents of the election.

Money from corporations including Boeing, Koch Industries, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS and General Dynamics continues to flow to politicians who reject the 2020 election results based on the big lie, according to a count maintained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. in Washington. known as Crew.

In his closing statement before the committee on Jan. 6, former US appeals court judge J Michael Luttig — one of the most conservative judges in the federal system, which George W. also conservative — called Trump and his allies and supporters “a clear and present danger to American democracy.”

By failing to shake off the big lie and embracing the truth of what the Jan. 6 committee is revealing, the GOP has lost its last shred of moral authority to function as one of the two ruling parties in the United States.

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