Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony delivers 'smoking gun' | GARY COSBY JR.

Cassidy Hutchinson – there is a name that will be remembered for a very long time. She produced the “smoking gun,” the “what-did-the-president-know-and-when-did-he-know-it” moment that will most certainly ruin any hope Donald Trump had of regaining the presidency.

USA Today quotes presidential historian Michael Beschloss as saying, "Never in history have we ever heard credible testimony before Congress this shocking against a president of the United States."

The Jan. 6 hearings, while being decidedly partisan, have produced revealing testimony under oath from many influential members of the Trump inner circle, such as Attorney General William Barr, but Hutchinson’s testimony blew the lid off the hearings.

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Sworn testimony from many inside the administration has made it clear that the whole idea of the election being stolen by the Democrats was a complete lie. In fact, it is abundantly clear now, if it was not before, that the only person attempting to steal the election was Donald Trump.

Hutchinson, 25, served as a White House aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, giving her an intimate seat from which to view the chaos inside the Trump administration. She became angry and disgusted over what Trump and his staff were doing on Jan. 6. She detailed their efforts to incite a mob and then send the mob to the Capitol building, knowing and refusing to care that they were armed.

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She quoted Trump as saying, “I don’t care that they have effing weapons. … They're not here to hurt me.”

That alone sums up Trump’s unworthiness to lead, but that was only the start of what drove Hutchinson to testify. She witnessed Trump send inflammatory tweets throughout the day that even endangered the life of his vice president.

Hutchinson’s testimony painted a picture of a deranged Trump in his final days in office, days that included him physically attacking Secret Service agents detailed to protect him, smashing plates, and throwing tantrums. Trump was said by Hutchinson to have insisted that the magnetometers used to help the Secret Service keep weapons away from the president be removed so the crowd could be larger at his "Stop the Steal" rally, the speech that incited the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Her testimony is further evidence that Trump not only lied about the election but also dragged many people into the lie in an attempt to illegally hang onto power, something is never before seen in U.S. history. Trump, in effect, was attempting a coup in order to stay in power. Had he been successful, American democracy as we know it would have died on Jan. 6, 2021.

It was only by the efforts of some key staffers, a few Secret Service agents who refused to follow Trump’s orders, and the officers who put themselves between rioters and members of Congress that our nation was preserved.

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To put it bluntly, Trump’s actions were criminally irresponsible and resulted in the deaths of members of the police force and the public. That the man is still walking free in this country is a disgrace to the sacrifices made throughout our history by service men and women and officers of law and order who have given their all to ensure our freedom.

Donald Trump tried his best to take all that away on Jan. 6, 2021. The very idea that this man still has any influence over American politics is an utter disgrace. Conservative Judge J Michael Luttig in testifying before the Jan. 6 committee said Donald Trump, his allies, and supporters are still “a clear and present danger to American democracy.”

One cannot be more direct than that. Trump is no patriot. He is, if anything, a traitor to this nation and for all it stands. His disgusting, self-serving behavior is as un-American as it gets. The very idea that politicians in this country are still bowing to him is, to say the least, bizarre and unsettling.

Now that the country has sworn testimony demonstrating Trump’s underhanded attempt to remain in power, it should be more than enough to end his influence within the Republican Party. Surely, no person of any power inside the party will continue to support the man. It is the same as saying you support a man who has no regard for any life other than his own.

That is being too kind. Supporting Trump is the same as saying you support the overthrow of the American democracy. For Republican candidates running in tightly contested elections, any association now with Trump is not going to be the help it once was. When combined with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Republican candidates now face a steep uphill battle where before they could almost have been guaranteed wins.

Republicans will still almost certainly gain at least one house of Congress and probably both, but it is far less likely now that they will sweep into a dominant position in both houses. The Republicans' best hope is not Trump, but the continued incompetence of the Democratic Party.

Gary Cosby Jr.
Gary Cosby Jr.

Gary Cosby Jr. is the photo editor of The Tuscaloosa News. Readers can email him at gary.cosby@tuscaloosanews.com.

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