When future historians look back at the biggest unforced errors in American political history, Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy’s decision not to put any of their own people on the January 6th Committee will rank right up there. They were betting that no one would care about the committee if most of its members were from one party, and that the whole thing would just fade away. But this was obviously never going to play out this way.
Instead, the January 6th Committee has uncovered damning evidence against Trump, TV ratings for the public hearings are very high, and polling shows that 60% of Americans now want Trump criminally prosecuted. Part of the reason these hearings are so effective is that there aren’t any pro-Trump Republicans on the committee, using their time to spew lies and muddy the waters.
The idiotic decision not to put any allies on the committee almost had to have come from Trump and not McCarthy, because McCarthy is a simpleton who makes simplistically idiotic moves, and this was the kind of creatively idiotic decision that could only come from a mind as twisted as Trump’s.
Yet it’s Trump who is now publicly insisting that it was a “very, very foolish decision” not to have any representation on the January 6th Committee, as if he had nothing to do with that foolish decision. The implication is that Kevin McCarthy alone is responsible for this dumb mistake.
In other words, as things are completely falling apart for Trump and McCarthy, and all their January 6th dirty secrets are spilling out in a way that has average Americans on the edge of their seats, Trump is trying to throw McCarthy under the bus. The kicker is that McCarthy is such a dummy who’s in so far over his head, he’ll probably just have to sit there and take it. These idiots deserve each other.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report