Adam Schiff, Constitution, Deep State, dereliction of duty, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Harriet Hageman, January 6 Committee, Liz Cheney, MSNBC, Nicole Wallace, swamp creatures, TDS, the stupid party
For those that watch the legacy media and most of cable news, including some Fox offerings, this week is the all-Jan 6, all the time week, featuring—wait for it—Liz Cheney! That’s right gentle readers, little miss “I am the Constitution” herself! This is mostly manifesting as our self-imagined elite rulers telling us how Donald Trump’s insurrectionary, systemically racist, white supremacist coup overthrew the government, destroying democracy, which should, in a reality-based coup, prevent people like them—the government–from talking about how they were overthrown, and why people like Trump can’t be president ever again to keep them from being overthrown—again?–but shut up you racists! Cheney started early:
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ that Republicans had to choose between loyalty to former President Donald Trump or the U.S. Constitution because she claimed that they could not do both.
BRENNAN: ‘That assumes facts can actually persuade. What happens with this committee if Republicans take the majority in 2022? Have you asked Kevin McCarthy to keep it?’
CHENEY: ‘Look, Leader McCarthy has said a variety of things. He has both acted to obstruct the operations of the committee, but he’s also, on a couple of occasions, said that he’s willing to come talk to the committee. I think that the-the American people again and particularly the Republican Party, you know, we as Republicans, have a choice to make. I am a conservative Republican. I believe strongly in the policies of low taxes and limited government and a strong national defense. I think the country needs a strong Republican Party going forward, but our party has to choose. We can either be loyal to Donald Trump or we can be loyal to the Constitution, but we cannot be both. And right now, there are far too many Republicans who are trying to enable the former president, embrace the former president. Look the other way and hope that the former president goes away, trying to obstruct the activities of this committee. But we won’t be deterred. At the end of the day, the facts matter, and the truth matters.’
Cheney has, in her TDS pursuit of Donald Trump, who is, by the way, no longer President, adopted the Obamian tactic of posing false choices. As I’ve so often written, Normal Americans, which often includes Republicans, do not worship politicians. They know the Messiah is not to be found among swamp creatures particularly, and among the human race generally.
Any appreciation they have for Trump comes not because they think him a perfect human being, but because his politics and policies effectively refuted and threatened the Deep State and swamp establishment of both parties, and in so doing, upheld the Constitution, and actually benefited America and Americans. It was, in fact, Trump’s policies that were faithful to the Constitution, and Cheney’s pursuit of him that is not, but more on this shortly.
This is good. The January 6 Committee, responding to the Biden White House(?!) has dropped its request for a variety of materials from the Trump Administration:
The United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has dropped its request for some records from President Donald Trump’s administration, though it continues to seek others that the former president says are protected by executive privilege.
The change occurred after White House counsel from the Biden administration informed the committee that some records it sought concerned secret national security matters — or else were completely irrelevant to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is on the committee, responded to Trump by arguing that the committee had not dropped any requests for ‘necessary’ records.
Thus does Cheney tacitly admit they have been demanding a huge treasure trove—or so they hoped in their fishing expedition—of unnecessary records. Trump’s response:
The Unselect Committee of Radical Left Democrats, and two failed Republicans, has just dropped a large portion of their request for my records and documents—a very big story even though the New York Times refused to put it on the front page. The reason that they dropped the records request is that they don’t want this horror show to happen to Biden and Hunter in three years. This also changes the entire complexion of their request, not that there are any documents that would be incriminating or a problem for me—but the Witch Hunt continues!
Cheney is the #2 witch in the House, and the #1 current useful idiot for D/S/Cs. Nicolle Wallace, an attractive woman who proves evil often wears a pretty face, is also a terminal TDS sufferer and fellow useful idiot:
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace said Friday on her show ‘Deadline’ that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the vice-chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, knows her version of the Republican Party surviving relies on destroying Trumpism.
Wallace said, ‘Liz Cheney is — and this is my experience of her, having been worked in the Bush administration with her — she is like a seek-and-destroy missile. When she identifies an enemy, nothing gets between her and the enemy. She identified Trumpism as the enemy. And Donald Trump as the match and the insurrection as his doing.’
Yes. “Seek and destroy,” as in the Russian Akula captain sinking his own submarine in his deranged obsession with killing Marko Ramius in The Hunt For Red October.
She continued, ‘I think she is actually the only one thinking about her political future. She is a conservative, and there is no way back to conservatism —You can not — I mean, what Rob Portman and Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are doing is just trying to scooch around Trumpism. It is billions of people who believe that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president and that vaccines have like tracers, and there are Jewish lasers in stuff. I mean, it’s bat bleep crazy.’
Thus does Wallace demonstrate her complete break from the reality of Wyoming politics. Cheney is thinking about her political future, but only if thinking about how best and most rapidly to end it is foremost in her thoughts.
Wallace added, ‘So what Liz Cheney understands is if conservatism is going to have a pulse, it doesn’t mean wiggling around the little bump in the road that is Trumpism. It means destroying it, burning it to the ground. That is the only way. You can’t go around it. You have to go through it. And to go through it, you have to lance the boil and purge all that rot. That is what Liz Cheney understands.’
From who better should Normal Americans take political advice than from a MSNBC Marxist? I’m sure she has their best interests at heart. On the other hand, some D/S/Cs are actually showing at least an inkling of sanity:
Gov. Roy Cooper (D) of North Carolina, who will take the helm of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) on Saturday, warned that Democrats must not embody what is known as ‘Trump derangement syndrome.’
‘I just don’t think [Trump] needs to be the central focus,’ Cooper admitted to those present at the DGA annual winter meeting.
This because Trump-endorsed candidates almost always win, and D/S/Cs are increasingly scared to death of being wiped out in the 2022 midterms. As they keep reminding us, democracy hangs in the balance, but not in the way they imagine. How much have Trump’s endorsements mattered? This has to be driving Cheney even crazier:
For anyone questioning former President Donald Trump’s lock on the Republican Party after his 2020 loss, look no further than the impact his endorsement packs.
In new polling of several House Republican primary races, a Trump endorsement pushes 2022 candidates past 50%, even against long-established incumbents such as Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
‘The Trump endorsement is a true dagger,’ said Zachary Moyle of SoCo Strategies. ‘Trump is the king of kingmakers.’
In last month’s elections, for example, Trump-endorsed candidates went four for four.
And according to Brian Jack, the former White House political director, Trump’s 2020 record was 120-2, and this year, it is 17-1.
‘Results don’t lie,’ he said. ‘The power of President Trump’s endorsement is undeniable.’
Cue Cheney screaming “noooooooooo!”
‘It appears to be very clear that even in a saturated field of candidates, there is little chance for an anti-Trump Republican to compete. Trump’s endorsement would propel most any candidate to a Republican primary victory,’ he added.
And in Wyoming?
And that’s the bottom line, Moyle said. In Wyoming, for example, voters may still be angry with Cheney’s impeachment vote or her participation on the Jan. 6 riot committee, but it’s Trump who appears to matter more.
I’ll confirm it for Moyle: they’re still more than angry, not only with those issues, but with Cheney’s embrace of those playing her as a useful idiot and their attempts to actually damage the republic.
‘The reason Hageman is up so high is only partly due to Cheney. It’s that big fat endorsement that is the bigger reason,’ he said.
Moyle added, ‘For now, one thing is clear, which is that Trump’s endorsement does likely equal a victory in any Republican primary. The 2022 midterm elections, like it or not, will be heavily influenced by Trump again.’
Harriet Hageman has been campaigning in a rare and novel way: telling the truth about Liz Cheney:
‘She’s aligned herself with people who falsify evidence,’ Hageman said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle on the Sirius/XM Patriot Channel.
Hageman pointed to the committee’s release of evidence that was heavily doctored and redacted to misrepresent text messages from Rep. Jim Jordon to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
She noted that Wyoming was embarrassed to see Cheney teaming up with dishonest Democrat investigators like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on the committee.
Adam Schiff? Dishonest? Say it ain’t so!
She also pointed out that Cheney mistakenly claimed that Trump refused to react to violence at the capitol on January 6 for 187 minutes, a claim that was proven false with public information from the New York Times.
‘When you have to make up the story. When you have to try and make it sound worse than it was, the facts aren’t on your side,’ she said.
Hageman said that support for Cheney in Wyoming had ‘evaporated’ because of her decision to use her position to prosecute Trump.
That’s what folks in Wyoming are saying, only not nearly so politely. I last addressed that issue of falsifying evidenced here. To find every SMM writing on Cheney, merely enter “Liz Cheney” into the SMM homepage search bar.
‘We don’t use the power of the government to investigate former presidents or their supporters or the people that work for them,’ she said. ‘We don’t use the power of the federal government to try to destroy people for political reasons.’
Well yes, if “we” are Normal Americans of any race, gender and party who love America and recognize the Constitution as the most important and perfect political document ever written by Man. And speaking about Cheney lying about Trump’s response to the Jan. 6 riot, Byron York sets the record straight:
Committee members, Democrats plus Pelosi-picked Republican allies Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are looking for a reason to call for criminal charges against Trump. At the moment, they seem to be focusing on Trump’s decision to wait until after 4:00 p.m. on the day of the riot — 4:17 p.m. exactly — to post a video calling for the rioters to stand down and go home.
‘The violence unfolded that afternoon,’ Cheney said last month. ‘But for 187 minutes, President Trump refused to act.” The 187 minutes, which Cheney refers to frequently, is apparently the three hours and seven minutes between the portion of Trump’s speech in which he called for his supporters to ‘peacefully’ protest at the Capitol and the 4:17 p.m. video telling them to leave. During that period, contrary to Cheney’s assertion, Trump tweeted twice — once, at 2:38 p.m., saying, ‘Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!’ and then, at 3:13 p.m., saying, ‘I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!’ Finally, at 4:17 p.m., Trump posted a video telling the rioters, ‘You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.’
Hmmm. So in the real, non-Bizzaro World version of events, Mr. Trump issued two pleas for peaceful conduct—tweets being the fastest way to get the information to the largest number of people, and also released a video plea—a method taking much more preparation and time—and all within an approximately three hour period by Cheney’s reckoning.
Cheney does not count the tweets — at the time perhaps Trump’s main mode of communication — in her ‘187 minutes’ formulation. Instead, she says Trump’s failure to immediately call more forcefully for a restoration of order amounts to a ‘dereliction of duty’ that might be punishable by law and used to disqualify Trump from holding office again.
And what, pray tell, might a more forceful call be? Could Mr. Trump have personally texted everyone at the Capitol and threatened to take their families hostage? Rushed to the Capitol to speak, individually, with everyone there? Remember, he repeatedly offered 10,000 National Guard troops. Nancy Pelosi turned them down.
‘He could have told them to stand down,’ Cheney said of Trump on ABC Sunday. “He could have told them to go home — and he failed to do so. It’s hard to imagine a more significant and more serious dereliction of duty than that.’
Not quite. Every citizen has a Constitutional right—there’s that damned inconvenient First Amendment again—to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances. Trump encouraged everyone—repeatedly—to do just that. And let’s not forget Cheney is lying by omission, ignoring his two tweets, and failing to mention the “riot” began before Trump was done speaking far distant from the Capitol.
Cheney noted that some members of Congress, Trump aides, and even the president’s family were urging him to make a televised statement. ‘Any man who would not do so … is clearly unfit for future office, clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office again,’ she said.
‘I think that there are … potential criminal statutes at issue here,’ Cheney answered, ‘but I think that there’s absolutely no question that it was a dereliction of duty. And I think one of the things the committee needs to look at as we’re looking at a legislative purpose is whether we need enhanced penalties for that kind of dereliction of duty.’
Oh, and which, exactly, would those crimes be? Cheney is silent on that. Her final comment indicates clearly she, and those manipulating her as a useful idiot, know their “investigation” is illegitimate, because it has no legislative purpose, a point Mr. Trump’s attorneys, and many sane commentators have raised. As to ”dereliction of duty,” they had their chance with that one with the second impeachment, which let us not forget, took place after Mr. Trump left office. They did not choose to include that in the articles of impeachment, an impeachment that failed for the second time in a row.
Our politics have descended to a very low and ugly level, a level from which a national reconciliation may not be possible. Liz Cheney is bearing much responsibility for that descent. Wyoming is watching, and has a long memory. In Wyoming, lying, bragging and refusing to do one’s job are dogs that don’t hunt.