When it comes to January 6th, Republicans are completely disconnected from reality

When it comes to January 6th, Republicans are completely disconnected from reality

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We are tragically deluding ourselves if we believe that the televised Jan. 6 committee hearings will transform the Republican Party or end Trump’s attempted coup.

The Republican Party is growing more distant from reality, and Trump’s attempted coup continues unabated.

The committee’s first four hearings have shattered myths of voter fraud that Trump incessantly repeated.

But Republican responses to these hearings have ranged from indifference to hostility. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Speaker, tweeted that committee members “will not stop lying about their political opponents,” and called the committee “despicable.”

On Friday, during a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville, Trump repeated his big lie — as if the hearings never happened.

The lie is now so ingrained in the Republican party that it has become a central tenet of Republican dogma.

It’s now the means by which Republican candidates signal their allegiance to both Trump and a wide range of grievances (some imaginary, others from the so-called “culture wars”) that now make up the Republican brand.

So far, at least 108 Republican candidates committed to the Big Lie have won their nominations or advanced to the runoff, and there’s no sign the hearings have lessened the intensity of their demagogy.

Republican voters have chosen eight Big Liars for the US Senate, 86 for the House of Representatives, five for Governor, four for Attorney General and one for Secretary of State.

These big-lie candidates feel no pressure to act on the committee’s findings because their districts or states are already Republican-leaning and most voters in them have opposed the committee hearings or are not paying attention to them.

Remember, the 2020 election was all about Trump – you were either with him or against him. Voters in counties and states who overwhelmingly voted for him will not easily change their minds.

The cognitive dissonance required to go from believing Trump’s big lie to accepting the reality of what happened is just too overwhelming. Furthermore, few of their news sources — Fox News, right-wing radio and right-wing social media — have questioned the big lie.

An even more troubling reality is that these big lie candidates are likely to win the offices they seek because those districts or states are more Republican. An open elementary school in a safe Republican district in Georgia, for example all nine The candidates questioned the result of 2020.

Many of these Republican candidates will hold offices with the power to interfere with the results of future elections — to block the certification of election results, change their states’ voting rules, or acquiesce in a litigation attempting to overturn the election cancel referendum.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party’s biggest supporters — like billionaire Peter Thiel, who has donated tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of Big Lie candidates JD Vance and Blake Masters — show no sign of tapering their support given the committee’s findings.

Big companies continue to write big checks to candidates with big lies. In April alone (the most recent month for which data is available), Fortune 500 companies and trade organizations donated more than $1.4 million to members of Congress who voted to publish the election results, according to analysis by transparency group Accountable.US not to be confirmed. AT&T led the field, giving $95,000 to abstainers.

Money from companies like Boeing, Koch Industries, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS and General Dynamics continues to flow to politicians who dismiss the 2020 election results because of the big lie, according to a tally by Washington’s Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. known as crew.

In his Jan. 6 closing statement before the committee, former US Circuit Court Justice J. Michael Luttig — one of the most conservative judges in the federal system — said George W. Bush passed over for the Supreme Court because Bush thought he was to Conservative – called Trump and his allies and supporters “a clear and present threat to American democracy.”

By not ridding itself of the big lie and embracing the truth of what the January 6 Committee reveals, the Republican Party has lost its last vestige of moral authority to serve as one of America’s two ruling parties.

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