It has been said many many times that Donald Trump didn’t get where he got alone. He did not. He stood on the shoulders of a stack of mental and spiritual midgets — not to mention moral amoebas, who had long since departed from any recognizable conservative platform — known as the Republican party. Or, what was left of it, in any event.
They welcomed Trump as their savior, the one who could say out loud the thoughts that they were forced to leave unvoiced. They loved Trump much as the Germans loved Adolf Hitler before it all went totally south. Both men sang the exact same tune. Make (Country) Great Again. And what that translated as, was let bigotry and lawlessness rule the day.
The gloves came off in 2016. Trump improbably won and then he went crazy in 2020 when he predictably lost. Cooler heads in the GOP said “let it go.” He would not. If there was any way he could steal the election and overturn the will of the people, that’s what he was there to do. And Newt Gingrich was right there along with him, talking to the likes of Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner about it. The Hill:
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol is asking former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to voluntarily sit with its investigators, claiming he advised the Trump team in the days after the former president’s loss in the 2020 election.
“You have knowledge and information directly related to our investigation. Information obtained by the Select Committee suggests that you provided detailed directives about the television advertisements that perpetuated false claims about fraud in the 2020 election, that you sought ways to expand the reach of this messaging, and that you were likely in direct conversations with President Trump about these efforts,” the committee wrote in its letter to Gingrich.
According to the panel, Gingrich was in touch with a number of Trump’s advisors, with his communications ranging from weighing in on ads that he said needed to include a “call to action” to influence voters to even reaching out to high-level White House staff like chief of staff Mark Meadows about how Trump could challenge electors from key states.
The letter details numerous emails Gingrich sent to Trump staff, including one in which he said they needed to promote a debunked conspiracy theory that election workers in Georgia had smuggled in suitcases full of ballots. In that email Gingrich advised that the ads should include a “call to action.” […]
In one email sent shortly after Georgia election officials warned the public of the violent threats made against its workers, Gingrich wrote to Kushner and Miller about the strategy.
“The goal is to arouse the country’s anger through new verifiable information the American people have never seen before[.] . . . If we inform the American people in a way they find convincing and it arouses their anger[,] they will then bring pressure on legislators and governors,” Gingrich wrote.
Here’s a link to the entire letter, if you want to read it. What I find the most disappointing is that Gingrich was talking about “arousing the country’s anger” at a time when people in his own state, notably elections official Gabriel Sterling assured the public that there was no voter fraud and begged the proponents of the Big Lie to stand down. He said, “Someone’s going to get hurt. Someone’s going to get shot. Someone’s going to get killed.” He was “exactly right” in the words of the January 6 Committee.
It’s not surprising in the least. If anybody was the vintage GOP swamp creature, it was Newt Gingrich. This is not new information in the least.