Steve Bannon didn’t miss a beat on this one. Newt Gingrich got on TV yesterday, trying to do damage control after Bennie Thompson was on earlier talking about the fake elector plots and revealing that the January 6 Committee had spoken to Bill Barr, and threatened members of the Committee with incarceration. This is a pretty bizarre threat, if you think about it. The J6 Committee is in the process of uncovering information about fraudulent activity during the 2020 election and an attempt to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States.
Then Gingrich gets on the tube and he alludes to arrests, but he doesn’t say which laws he believes the January 6 Committee has broken. In plain language, all that Gingrich’s nutty rhetoric did was inflame tribalism, us v. them, and it doesn’t matter what the rule of law says, it’s going to be us vs. them no matter who does what.
That was enough for Steve Bannon to sink his teeth into. He had a great lay up by the former Speaker of the House and he went in and dunked the right-wing basket of the day.
This is where the problem lies in this country. There is too much corroboration between the loony, to use Mitch McConnell’s descriptor, elements of right-wing culture and the legitimate GOP. This is where it gets dangerous.
Listen to Zoe Lofgren describe how Gingrich has lost it, with his off the walls, fact free diatribe. She clearly points out that if Committee members were arrested without having committed a crime, let alone Joe Biden, under the same rationale, that can only mean that the United States has fallen into a fascist dictatorship. Is this truly what Gingrich meant to convey?
Thank you once again, Ronald Reagan. Your observation that “government is the problem” has set up this anti-government madness in which we dwell today and your abrogation of the Fairness In Broadcasting Doctrine has set us up for the unceasing lies that we hear coming out of right-wing radio and Fox News, 24/7.
I’ll be interested to see if Gingrich walks any of this back or if Bannon and the rest simply continue to capitalize on it.