Thus far the January 6th public hearings have been devastating for Donald Trump – not just in terms of laying out his guilt, but in doing so in a way that polling suggests is persuading non-political Americans who don’t normally choose a side except when it’s made obvious for them. Trump, for his part, is now giving away how poorly this is going for him.
In the span of less than twenty-four hours, Trump has appeared on video and blamed Kevin McCarthy for the fact that there are no pro-Trump people on the January 6th Committee, and Trump has leaked to the media that he supposedly barely even knows his own election lawyer John Eastman.
You don’t blame your partner for the failure of your stupid plan unless you’ve figured out that your plan is failing. And you don’t suddenly claim that you barely even know your own criminally accused lawyer, unless you’ve figured out that your lawyer is headed for prison.
The swiftness with which Donald Trump is scapegoating his allies is a dead giveaway of how poorly Trump knows this is going for him. He’s clearly panicking about how this is all going to play in the court of public opinion and the court of law. The kicker for Trump is that some of the most devastating witnesses haven’t even testified yet. It’s all downhill for Trump from here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report