2022 Midterms, poisoned by lies and delusions exposed in Meadow’s lyrics

It’s not even the hypocrisy of key Trump supporters, who in some cases were disgusted and frightened by the US Capitol riot and knew it was wrong, but have since tried to shove it and the ex-president’s guilt out of history cancel.

Just this weekend, the lie of widespread voter fraud — which led to the horrific attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters — dominated Republican forecourts in Michigan and Georgia. It’s also at work in other races across the country, fueled by Trump’s determination to turn the halftime into a theater of revenge and a platform to regain power in 2024.

The texts, broadcast by members of Congress, key Republican Party figures, Fox hosts and even Trump’s family, also raise a troubling question. It is possible, if not likely, that many of those involved could soon have real political power if the GOP successfully capitalizes on President Joe Biden’s unpopularity and takes seats in Congress, as has been the historical norm for the non-white party house is.

And the messages underscore that the most important divide in modern politics is not the age-old struggle between liberalism and conservatism — a legitimate ideological duel over America’s meaning and direction. Instead, the great struggle of the early 21st century is between those in the Republican Party willing to reject democracy and everyone else.

The text messages sent or received by Meadows between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021 were received and reported by CNN’s Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb and Elizabeth Stuart.

They show how Trump’s most fervent and craziest supporters desperately tried to overturn a free and fair election, indulged in absurd fantasies about voter fraud that didn’t happen, and plotted to deny Biden his presidency.

Meadows turned the texts over to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, before ceasing to work with the panel. Apart from anything else, they depict a White House Chief of Staff facilitating an assault on democracy rather than acting within a conventional and accepted definition of this critical government post.

In one of the most notable texts, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told Meadows just three days before Biden was sworn in that some Republicans still wanted the then-president to impose martial law. The high-profile Trump supporter testified under oath last week, before those texts were released, that she had no recollection of any such feelings.

She was among many House Republicans who have denied the truth about the insurgency and attempted to thwart efforts to find out the truth. But on Jan. 6, the texts show, Greene was among Republicans asking Meadows to get Trump to calm his marauding supporters who were making their way into the Capitol.

Another set of texts shows Trump supporters suggesting ways to blame his supporters’ violence on Antifa activists. They show Trump administration Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. brainstorming ideas to reverse Trump’s election defeat. And the footage offers evidence of Meadows’ role in coordinating efforts to reverse results across states.

New questions for the committee on January 6th

The texts also suggest that the committee’s final report, following public hearings expected to take place within weeks, will paint a devastating picture of Trump’s efforts to undermine the election and cling to power.

But while they’re breathtaking to read, they’re unlikely to resolve the key emerging issues about the work of the House Committee. However damning the results, which are likely to leave a valuable legacy, will anyone really be held responsible for the worst assault on American democracy in modern history?

Donald Trump's longstanding legal strategy could catch up with him
The Committee itself has no power to impose consequences. And it’s not yet decided whether a criminal complaint from the former president or his alleged co-conspirators should be sent to the Justice Department. The House has voted to refer the committee’s criminal contempt allegations against Meadows and former Trump White House advisers Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro to the Justice Department. Another Trump aide, Steve Bannon, will face trial later this year after a similar referral.
Still, the notion that Attorney General Merrick Garland would rule that there was a sufficient likelihood of conviction to prosecute Trump strikes many legal and political observers. And if Republicans win back the House of Representatives in November, as expected, the select committee will surely be swept away — by some of the very Trump loyalists whose cover-up of the uprising it has been investigating.

For many Americans battling high inflation that has led to skyrocketing prices for basic commodities and gasoline, the question of accountability for the January 6 insurgency could be retrospective more than a year later. And despite the lie about a stolen election dominating the Republican primary, many November elections could rest largely on the inability of Biden and the Democrats to project a winning narrative even as the economy improves in many ways.

But it is becoming increasingly clear that the lack of consequences for those who helped Trump in his damaging attempt to steal a legitimate election is having a dangerous effect by emboldening new attacks on democracy. The central national principle that the people have the right to elect their leaders – not a ragtag band of conspirators and power-hungry strongman supporters – seems threatened more than ever.

Ex-White House official near Meadows said he had been warned Jan. 6 could turn violent

Several GOP primary campaigns are rooted in the lie that Trump won the 2020 election. The former president uses his considerable power in the party to promote truth-denying candidates. And he’s also trying to enlist supporters in key posts in the states that administer elections in spreading the falsehood that there has been massive fraud in 2020.

For example, in her first gubernatorial debate in Georgia this weekend, former Senator David Perdue, who has morphed into a Trump acolyte in his quest for power, attacked Governor Brian Kemp, who refused to help the ex-president attempt to to topple him Biden’s victory in the Peach State.

“The 2020 election was rigged and stolen,” Perdue said in his opening address on Sunday, proposing a topic he returned to frequently.

And in Michigan, Kristina Karamo, who spread lies about a stolen 2020 election and is supported by Trump, won the support of the state’s Republican Party as secretary of state this weekend. If she wins the November election, she will be responsible for conducting the next presidential election in Wolverine State. The Trump-backed candidate also won the state party’s nomination for attorney general. Similar stories of pro-Trump campaign conspirators are playing out in Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere.

It’s too early to tell if such campaigns will electrify the conservative base at the expense of more moderate voters and potentially backfire on the GOP. But it is already apparent that the mendacious struggle over power grabs echoing through the Meadows lyrics still threaten the right of American voters to choose their own leaders.

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