Interesting that the Federalist feels it necessary to discredit Cassidy Hutchinson and Donald Trump feels it necessary to post it on Truth Social. Hutchinson’s testimony is a horse that has already left the barn and long ago. There is a whole pan full of other, bigger fish to fry and much fresher ones, too.
Nevertheless, the Federalist thinks this is important to do. The Federalist is a far right-wing website with high traffic and low credibility which bears no legal relationship to the Federalist Society, in case you were wondering. And the author of this piece, Mollie Hemingway, is no relation to Ernest.
The Federalist website is owned by Ben Domenech, Meghan McCain’s husband, and another fellow named Sean Davis. I cannot begin to fathom what John McCain must have thought of his son-in-law being the proprietor of a digital fake news rag like this, but McCain may have just thrown up his hands at a lot of things in his last years.
McCain was the elder statesman of the old school Republican party. Now the G.O.P. has nobody in that position, unless you want to consider the emeritus orange that is Donald Trump. I guess Mittens comes next in that line of succession. So much for the “Grand” in G.O.P. Maybe they should start calling themselves, P.O.P., Pathetic Old Poops.
In any event, the Federalist claims that it can prove that January 6 Committee star witness Cassidy Hutchinson was an avid Trump supporter, who said, “I would rather shoot myself dead into the Potomac than see marine one flying around this city without 45 again.” This comment was made three months after January 6, we are told.
Maybe it was. Maybe Hutchinson worshipped Trump and was a member of the cult at one point. Something changed. In all events, here’s what the Federalist says:
In November 2021, Hutchinson was among the first former White House staffers to be subpoenaed by the Select Committee. In the weeks and months following, Hutchinson continued to disparage the politicized committee in private, and repeatedly joked about the same riot she now says leaves her with emotional scars today. Six days after she was issued a subpoena, Hutchinson called the Jan. 6 panel a “phony committee.” Around the same time, she told a former colleague her testimony would have nothing to offer.
“Other than a handful of irrelevant texts, I have literally no documents or anything they’re asking about,” one ex-White House staffer texted her.
“Same,” she wrote back.
Of being subpoenaed in November, Hutchinson wrote, “we were [f—–] by Bennie Thompson,” the titular chair of the committee. She joked that he would be sending her to jail, and hoped that another friend would come visit her. In a text published by the Daily Caller earlier this month, Hutchinson called the panel’s probe “bs.” […]
Hutchinson also aimed fire at Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican so consumed by her opposition to Trump and his voters that polls show she is about to lose her re-election bid. The two women publicly embraced in the committee room immediately after Hutchinson’s testimony, an unusual interaction for congressional proceedings purporting to be legitimate. In a gauzy puff piece for The New York Times, the two were described as forming an “unlikely bond.” It was particularly unlikely given what Hutchinson was saying about Cheney until recently.
In September, Hutchinson disparaged Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the two Republicans hand-picked to serve on the committee by Pelosi, as a “crop of losers.” Discussing how other anti-Trump extremists had declined to run for re-election rather than face certain defeat at the hands of Republican voters, Hutchinson said she didn’t think Kinzinger or Cheney would take that approach because, “Their egos are too [f——] big.” She mocked their self-conception as “The REPUBLICAN MARTYRS.”
“I think Liz being the ‘future of the GOP’ is a massive stretch,” Hutchinson wrote in one string of messages just two months before her appearance. “I think she does have the power to cement the anti-Trump, RINO movement and really capitalize off it on a national scale. She’ll never ever turn the tides in her favor. Ever.”
“Even if Trump were to fall off the face of the Earth, her neocon policies are not where the base’s ideological politics currently are nor will head,” she wrote. Still, she conceded that Cheney’s hatred of Trump had tremendous sway thanks to corporate media’s amplification and assistance. “But I do think this maneuver is by consequence ‘future-shifting’ for the GOP in that she does have the power of the media, the determination and the cut-throat mentality to capitalize off this.”
Less than one year later, Hutchinson was embracing Cheney, radically changing her story to match what Cheney and the corporate media desired.
The problem with this text exposé, unlike the Alex Jones text exposé, is that there is no identification whose phone this came from. This is likely why the Federalist has a low credibility rating. You remember the Journalism 101 rules, who, what, when, where, why. They are foundational rules for a reason. If you can’t cite to a source, and the more credible and provable the source the better, how can you prove that what you have is what you say it is?
There is one text that looks like it’s from Hutchinson’s phone, but that text isn’t making one of the more outlandish statements. Again, not quite sure why Trump is touting this. It may simply be the act of the proverbial drowning man clutching at straws.