Democrat-aligned “Republican” Rep. Liz Cheney began the Jan. 6th committee’s hearings Thursday by positing a claim about former President Donald Trump that was so extreme that critics are now comparing her to pathological liar Amber Heard.
While providing a preview of future hearings, Cheney asserted that the public “will hear testimony that” at one point during the Jan. 6th riot, Trump expressed support for the idea of hanging then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“Over a series of hearings in the coming weeks, you will hear testimony, live and on video, from more than half dozen former Trump White House staff in the Trump administration, all of whom were in the West Wing of the White House on Jan. 6th. You will hear testimony that ‘the president did not really want to put anything out’ calling off the riot or asking his supporters to leave,” she said.
“You will hear that President Trump was yelling and ‘really angry at advisors who told him he needed to do be doing something more.’ And aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the President responded with this sentiment: ‘Maybe our supporters have the right idea.’ Mike Pence ‘deserves’ it.”
Listen, and pay close attention:
Notice how Cheney did not say that the public will hear Trump saying Pence deserved to be hanged. No. Instead the public will hear somebody else claiming that Trump said these extreme words.
The lack of actual concrete proof did not go unnoticed by critics, who responded by comparing the Jan. 6th committee’s first hearing to actor Johnny Depp’s highly publicized defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
And indeed, to hear critics tell it, Cheney is herself the “Amber Heard of politics.”
— blondie (@blondbyrd) June 10, 2022
Didn’t any of them learn from the Johnny Depp hearing?
— She_SaidWhat? (@SheSaidWhat76) June 10, 2022
Prove it! Where’s the evidence?
— azdoglover 🇺🇸 (@christint) June 10, 2022
A person is saying something about 2nd person what that said about 3rd person .
— Rishabh Malhotra 🕉 (@Rishabhm9997) June 10, 2022
After listening to Amber Heard lie for six weeks in a row, Liz Cheney‘s bullshit is very easy to spot. These people are out of their F’ing minds.
— Patrick Malone (@malonep18) June 10, 2022
The spin tonight is amazing. Proof, is, needed. Trusting anything out of Trump hating Cheney is asinine. It’s like Amber Heard saying trust me im Amber Heard.
— zᵢₙc (@shortonzinc) June 10, 2022
Liz Cheney & Amber Heard are one in the same when it comes to self-destruction. They stair into their own inflated self-importance with dilutions of grander when they look into the mirror. Before you know it they will claim to have a photograph memory.
— Michael Rowan (@goinwithrowan) June 10, 2022
Recall that Heard ultimately lost the trial because the jury “didn’t believe anything” she had to say, as conservative commentator Megyn Kelly explained following the trial’s conclusion on June 1st.
“It sounds to me like [the jury] didn’t believe anything. They didn’t believe her abuse claims, they didn’t believe anything she said, from the way I read this verdict form. But it could also just be that they caught her in so many lies that they just determined there wasn’t enough proof to support her claims and that it was more likely than not, she lied,” said.
Critics feel similarly about Cheney’s extreme claims.
The irony is that, because Democrats have designed the Jan. 6th committee’s hearings to be 100 percent dissent-free, there will be no cross examinations from actual GOP-aligned Republicans.
So if anything, Depp’s trial at least had more credibility than the Jan. 6th committee’s widely criticized hearings:
The Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial had more cross examination the the 1/6 Committee does. Liz Cheney is nothing more the bobble head yes woman.
— Hoosier34 (@Hoosier34) June 10, 2022
During the committee’s first hearing Thursday, Cheney also claimed that Trump was personally responsible for the Jan. 6th riot.
“On this point, there is no room for debate: Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them — that the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful president. President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” she said.
She neglected to mention that the president had explicitly called for peaceful protests, not a violent riot. Unlike with Cheney’s claims, there’s video evidence of this.
Still waiting for the Committee to show this video. pic.twitter.com/gRwBX86JJk
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 10, 2022
Cheney at one point also chose to purposefully read only a part of a tweet Trump had posted on the day of the riot.
“He did not condemn the attack. Instead he justified it: ‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,'” she said, quoting from the tweet.
Except she skipped over the most important part.
Liz Cheney reads a Trump tweet from 1/6, but neglects to finish reading the tweet which reads “Go home with love & in peace.” pic.twitter.com/zdfW8gNGba
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 10, 2022
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