By TIPP Insights Editorial Board, TIPP Insights
Anyone who watched the live Watergate-style January 6 commission hearings yesterday, regardless of political affiliation, could agree on one thing. The show was much better put together than the drab J6 congressional hearings, this time by a veteran professional TV producer, with engaging slides and videos in an elegant room full of decor.
The same cannot be said about the content of the proceedings. Trump-hating commission members have stifled every attempt by Trump’s side to defend him. Thousands of hours of testimony have been suppressed. Even tweets, when read out, are only partially quoted. The J6 Members’ attempt to turn the hearings into a midterm election narrative about protecting democracy is already fraught with problems. Liz Cheney, the Uber-Republican Never Trumper on the panel, is facing a crushing primary defeat in Wyoming, where polls show that she is trailing her challenger by upwards of 30 points.
So, how does President Trump counter this one-sided show, where he is not allowed to defend himself?
Our advice to President Trump is to do what he does best. Hold another event during prime time, perhaps a town hall with either Tucker Carlson or Greg Kelly, on the same night the next hearings are carried live on the major networks. He would obviously not accept blame for what happened on January 6, but he could finally provide his side of the story. And he should announce that he has moved on from the 2020 election fiasco and is focused on America’s disastrous problems.
On its face, it might appear that Trump is conceding and the Democrats are winning. There were numerous issues with the run-up to the elections and counting processes after Americans cast their votes, but Republican administrations have done an admirable job addressing them at the state level so that they will never happen again. Outside of Trump’s personal feelings of being a victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy, his other goal, that election integrity should be tightened, has already happened.
The case of Georgia is an outstanding example here. Trump went after Brian Kemp and the entire Georgia Republican machine and lost. So did the Democrats who compared the electoral reforms in Georgia to Jim Crow 2.0. Businesses and many political organizations that teamed up with the Democrats to boycott Georgia now look like fools. Last month’s primary results show that none of the things the Democrats had accused the new Georgia voter law of ever happened. On the contrary, more people voted and voted safely, restoring confidence in the American democracy.
President Trump will be 79 years old if he runs again. While he is popular in the Republican party and wields enormous power, this power is not unlimited. He has had many successful picks through his primary endorsements, but several haven’t panned out the way he had hoped.
Polls show that many Americans are nostalgic for Trump-era policies, such as limited regulation, low gas prices, strong judicial picks, no new wars, a tighter southern border, advances in relations between Israel and the Arab states, throttling of Iran, and relatively collegial relationships with Russia.
Trump understands the media better than the media moguls themselves. He brilliantly took the wind out of the media’s sails when he released a transcript of his call with President Zelensky before the House launched impeachment proceedings. Then, Trump had the power of Twitter and Facebook to drive audiences to his actions, but today, he is shut off from those platforms.
The J6 Commission hearings have now become about denying Trump a chance to run for office again. Trump owes an explanation to America why the J6 Commission is wrong. And nobody can do it better than him.
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