The dirty little secret the Mark Meadows texts reveal
The publication of texts addressed to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on January 6 amount to a smoking gun in terms of whether individuals in and around the President were aware of the brewing insurgency and the role that then-President Donald Trump needed to play.
“Mark, the president, ought to order folks in the Capitol to go home,” Laura Ingraham said. This is causing us all pain. He’s sabotaging his legacy.”
“He’s got to denounce this sh*t ASAP,” Donald Trump Jr. said.
Sean Hannity, on the other hand: “Is he able to make a statement? Is it appropriate to ask people to leave the Capitol?”
Brian Kilmeade, on the other hand: “Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please Destroy what you’ve worked for.”
There’s little question that those who had Trump’s ear at the time — from his oldest son to Fox News enablers — were not only aware of what was going on in the US Capitol but were also urging Meadows (and presumably Trump) to act.
As you may recall, Trump did nothing for many hours while the Capitol was being ravaged. When he eventually did send a video statement in reaction to the incident, it was, hmm, a little underwhelming.
Texts sent to Trump’s former chief of staff, John Meadows, on January 6 are described as “disappointing, but not unexpected” by the White House.
During the January 6 insurgency, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it was sad but not unexpected to see prominent Republicans and conservatives privately texting their concerns to Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
“Well, it’s disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising that some of the same people who were willing to warn, condemn, and express horror in private were completely silent in public; or, even worse, were spreading lies and conspiracy theories, and have continued to do so since then.” “When asked about the texts released by the January 6 committee – which included correspondence from Republican lawmakers, Trump’s eldest son, and Fox News hosts urging Meadows to press Trump to condemn insurgents’ actions – Psaki said during a press briefing.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s not unexpected.” “Unfortunately, we’ve seen a pattern from several of the same people,” she said.
More context: As previously reported by CNN, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack unanimously voted on Monday night to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress, and the whole House will now vote on whether to ask the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Trump’s former chief of staff.
The messages were read out loud Monday night during a panel meeting to discuss Meadows’ referral to the Department of Justice on a charge of criminal contempt of Congress. Meadows did not mention the text messages while speaking with Fox News’s Sean Hannity about the committee’s decision on Monday night, telling him, “It’s upsetting, but not unexpected.”
“I understand your anguish. I know you’re in pain, “Trump stated his opinion. “We had an election that was rigged in our favor. Everyone, particularly the opposition side, understands it was a landslide election.” He said, ” “This was a rigged election, but we can’t play right into their hands. We must achieve peace. So get out of here. We are devoted to you. You’re one of a kind.”
Trump’s failure to respond quickly and convincingly is exacerbated by the evident urgency of his warnings from those around him. Meadows’ messages also serve as a stinging rebuke to Trump’s and his Republican allies in Congress’ attempts to rewrite history on that day.
Keep in mind that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has spent most of this year downplaying Trump’s knowledge and when he learned it.
McCarthy told Chris Wallace in April about his phone conversation with Trump that day: “What I spoke to President Trump about, I was the first one to contact him when the disturbances were going on.” “He was completely oblivious to it. He ended our talk by telling me that he’ll put things in place to prevent this from happening again. And that’s exactly what he did: he released a video later.”
That, well, was not the case. According to CNN’s Jamie Gangel, Kevin Liptak, Michael Warren, and Marshall Cohen, this is what happened in February:
“McCarthy encouraged Trump to call off his followers while speaking to him from within the besieged Capitol, and the two got into a furious argument over who was in the crowd. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican from Washington state, first referenced Trump’s remark about would-be insurgents caring more about election outcomes than McCarthy did at a town hall earlier this week, and Herrera Beutler and other Republicans informed on the meeting verified it to CNN.”
The premise is simple: On January 6, those closest to Donald Trump spent the day attempting to convince him that what was occurring at the US Capitol needed to be stopped because he was the only one capable of doing it. He sat there for hours, refusing to do anything. When he eventually did release a video asking for his followers to leave, it was laced with references to “fraudulent” elections and a “stolen” outcome.
What’s even more astounding is that this isn’t even the worst revelation made by these writings. The saddest part is that, despite knowing what they told Trump on January 6 about the gravity of the situation, many of these same individuals have spent the past year attempting to minimize it all, claiming that the media and its Democratic allies had exaggerated the situation.
That, to me, is the most horrible aspect of it all. Knowing what the appropriate thing to do is — and even to call on Trump to do the right thing at the moment — and then spend the next 11 months pretending you didn’t? Gross.