If the Cassidy Hutchinson testimony before the J6 committee did nothing else, and it did plenty, it shined a bright spotlight on one of the GOP’s biggest problems with these hearings.
Their messaging. It’s sucked from the beginning, and it’s only getting worse. For the simple reason that they don’t have a coherent rebuttal messaging line! The original messaging option was to pass it off as a purely partisan witch hunt! When Cheney and Kinzinger signed on, and that wouldn’t work, plan B was to ignore the whole thing and run like a clutter of kittens from the cameras.
Because the committee is giving them no ammunition. Rather than calling witness after witness of Democratic friendly experts to slam Trump and the rioters, almost every single witness called by the committee have been card carrying, lifelong conservatives.
And these aren’t RINO’s either. Most voted for Trump, and some said under oath that they would vote for him again in 2024. Many of them worked with and for him, or in states he and his minions contacted trying to overturn the election. How do you tear down conservatives that Trump trusted and worked with for years? You can’t.
You can sum up the GOP’s biggest problem with one word. Credibility. They have none, and they know it. So the next best plan is option 2, Character assassination. Cassidy was only halfway through her testimony when Traitor Tot took to his cesspool social media site to complain that she was a Disgruntled former employee who literally begged him personally to take to Mar-A-Lago to work for him. And then Hutchinson retakes the stand and talks about her revulsion and disgust for Trump being willing to sit and watch Mike Pence strung up. Hmmm. Who do we believe.
Hutchinson’s testimony is a perfect example. Their main smear campaign against her is her admitted second hand retelling of Trump’s alleged nuclear meltdown in the limo when he found out he couldn’t go to the Capitol. Who cares? Hell, that isn’t even admissible testimony in a court, it’s hearsay. If I’m a criminal defense attorney, I’m shitting my pants over her testimony that not only did Trump know that some of the protesters at his speech were armed, he ordered the Secret Service to remove the metal detectors and let them in. That puts Trump’s whole Fight like hell! speech in a whole new, damning light.
Don’t believe me? Watch for yourself. The J6 committee is going to keep right on calling up traditional GOP stalwarts to grease the skids for Trump’s eventual perp walk, Trump and the GOP will continue to ignore the damning testimony, and instead, like an octopus, and try to escape through a haze of ink. Because that’s the hand they dealt themselves, and right now, they’re looking at a Kangaroo Straight.