WASHINGTON – It was, I have to admit, a virtuoso performance by Sean Hannity.
Ever since the sheriff of “Blazing Saddles” put a gun to his head and took himself hostage, no one has performed such a crazy loop.
At the opening of his show Tuesday night, Hannity gave a monologue defending the police (and throwing in the usual suspects: Hunter, Kamala, Hillary, Nancy, the summer riots, gun violence and unvaccinated illegal immigrants). “Attacks on law enforcement are never and should never be acceptable, either on Capitol Hill or anywhere,” he said.
Yet Mr. Pro Police did not have a word for the four police officers who appeared before Congress that morning to describe going to “hell and back,” as Washington police officer Michael Fanone put it, as they relived the scars, desperate hours of January 6 when they were attacked by the Trump mob (and Hannity viewers).
The GOP has remained overwhelmingly loyal to Trump, perpetuating its sick mythology about a day we all saw with our own eyes. Twenty-one House Republicans even voted against awarding Congressional gold medals to police officers who responded on the Day of Infamy.
They could not tolerate “the fictitious Pelosi commission” as Hannity Elise Stefanik – Eve Harrington of Liz Cheney told Hannity. Its sole purpose, Stefanik said, was “to try to shame the more than 70 million Americans who championed issues of constitutional and electoral integrity.” Also, she said, in another moment of sheer self-indulgence, “Republicans are focused on the facts.”
The harrowing police testimony has been dismissed by most Republicans and Fox News as “political theater.” What nerve of a party that claims to have the backs of men and women in blue.
Laura Ingraham even awarded prizes – “Best Exaggerated Performance”, “Best Political Performance” and “Best Performance in an Action Role” – to the police who recounted their terrifying battles with the crowd. “They came out as political actors,” Ingraham said. “It doesn’t help. We want the police to be just the police.
Even as Ingraham described these cops who were in danger as “actors”, Erin Smith was trying to obtain the death of her husband, a veteran Washington patroller – the second officer to kill himself after the insurgency – reclassified from a suicide to a dead person in the performance of his duties.
After being hit on the head with a metal pole during the rampage, he fell into a dark depression, his wife told The Times. On his way to his shift, he pulled his car out of the George Washington Parkway and committed suicide with his service weapon.
More than throwing in the police officers who have told their stories as drama queens and fabulists, four House Republicans, representing the dregs of Congress, showed up in a Washington jail on Thursday to shed light on the fate of the suspects detained during the January 6 uprising. One of them, Arizona Representative Paul Gosar, hailed them as “political prisoners”.
Since when do Republicans care more about the criminals in jail than the cops who put them there? Since when do they pamper national terrorists?
Since Donald Trump.
A new report in The Daily Beast shows how the fish rots from the big orange head. The Beast reports that Trump led his party’s efforts to recast what happened on January 6 and belittled some police heroes, using a vulgar insult to a woman’s anatomy as we have it. heard use on tape; he also renames Ashli Babbitt, a rioter and California Air Force veteran who was killed that day, as a martyr to his cause.
It’s more of Trump’s badass stance. Indeed, The Village People’s “Macho Man” – which Trump played on during his rallies – was the soundtrack of the insurgency. How rich this Cadet Bone Spurs, who spends his days watching himself on TV and riding a golf cart, belittles the cops who bravely took shots from the mob he inflicted on them. It’s mind-boggling how easily Republicans trade values for Trump voters.
He rocked Republicans like a snow globe, and suddenly the party that loved rah-rah for family, morals, and religion was grappling with a grumpy, rude three-time-married Tartuffe. The party that prided itself on supporting those in uniform, the FBI and the CIA, had to follow Trump’s tortuous ways and vilify the deep state of the FBI and the intelligence community.
We are still learning to what extent President Trump tried to force the Justice Department to help him steal the election. As The Times’ Katie Benner reported on Friday, until December 27 Trump called justice officials and, according to their notes, told them, “Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me. “, assuring them that his allies in Congress would help.
The story is frightening because it shows that Trump didn’t just struggle on his throne. His plan to overturn the election was more orchestrated and sinister than we thought.
Could he have used the government to overthrow the government and become perpetual dictator?