There’s the “shocked face” of the once popular commercial featuring a talkative and opinionated infant. (The kid must be 40 by now, but his expression is immortal.)
Yet another Big Lie that the Axis of Unethical Conduct (“the resistance”/ Democrats/ Mainstream media) wielded shamefully for a disgusting amount of time is tumbling down. From Reuters:
“The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials. Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations. “Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,” said a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. “Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages.”
In short, it was another riot by a mob of assholes, one that spilled into the Capitol because of mass incompetence and lack of coordination by the Capitol police. Crimes were committed, people were hurt, one rioter died and there was property damage, but cynical, ruthless partisans exploited the incident for political gain, and also to damage the Constitution with what Prof. Turley neatly termed a “snap impeachment.” Lacking evidence, law or logic, Democrats used the riots to do all they could to damage the reputation of Donald Trump even as he was leaving office, to try to ensure that he would not trouble them again Even after the impeachment failed in the Senate, as it should have, Democrats, NeverTrumpers and pundits continued to use “insurrection” to describe what happened, a Big Lie just as unethical as the claim that a Capitol police officer died of injuries sustained in the riot.
The findings, assuming Reuters reports are accurate, make Nancy Pelosi’s kangaroo House investigation into the event look even more rigged and superfluous than before, which I would have thought was impossible. It is also important that the ultimate “BS!” verdict on the “insurrection” narrative and the linked phony impeachment not be taken as an exoneration of President Trump for being irresponsible and unpresidential leading up to the sixth and after.
He had every reason to be angry and frustrated with the results of the election, and as I have written here before, several factors “stole” the election from him. One was the bad luck of the pandemic being allowed to wreck his economy. A major factor was the four-year long effort by the news media to press its fist on the scales against him, culminating it their burying the Hunter Biden laptop revelations. None of the factors taken alone or collectively, however, not justify Trump asserting that the vote tallies were decisively rigged without clear and convincing evidence, or making the absurd claim that he “won in a landslide.” That was dangerous, and something no President should do (or has ever done), though it is not a “high crime or misdemeanor.” It was Trump being an asshole, as he has been more or less continuously for 50 years, and it wasn’t surprising that he triggered other assholes.
I have pointed out that calling the January 6 riot an “insurrection” is a tell, a self-identification by biased, truth-twisting hacks. That was true before any FBI findings; it will just be more clear once they are official.