There are two not so obvious goals of the January 6 Committee that few talk about openly. One centers around convincing most Americans, and especially Trump misdirected supporters, about his calamity as a potential candidate for 2024. The other is much more subtle. It deals with testing a theory with regard to locking Trump up to see if this act might increase his popularity or simply seal his fate as a political fad. Both are inextricably connected.
Of the latter, the January 6 Committee subpoena of the former President is yet the best way to map his way to jail as it did to Steve Bannon should he refuse to appear to testify. This singular act of testing how the public in general might react to a referral and an indictment is essential to our understanding how to deal with his threats in the future.
Of course, none of this would be necessary if the man just dropped dead from a heart attack.
Trump circus may be coming to town whether Cheney likes it or not.
TWO NOT SO OBVIOUS GOALS OF THE JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE?
For those who know their history know well what happened to Adolf Hitler after the trial for the Beer Hall Pustch. His popularity soared after he was imprisoned. The question members of the January 6 Committee are asking: Will the same happen to the American Fuhrer accused of similar crimes? From the looks of it, AG Merrick Garland is too scared to carry out his duties.
Having said that, what better way for the January 6 Committee to find out by testing the reaction to a DOJ referral of Trump for a similar fate to that of Steve Bannon who has landed in jail after snubbing a Congressional subpoena.
From our perspective, these are the two not so obvious goals of the January 6 Committee.
There is a good reason, however, that Trump himself might rally his supporters for another insurrection should the DOJ indict him if he refuses to appear before the January 6 Committee. If we have to guess, this is what Trump is considering today along the lines: If I refuse to appear before the January 6 Committee and the members try to indict me, can I call on my supporters to storm the White House? Will I get away with it? Again?
If you believe Trump is not possibly contemplating this option, then you are a political novice.
Of course, Trump could appear and put all this analysis to rest. If he does, Liz Cheney has already warned him she is not letting him turn his appearance into a circus show. A good warning for a narcissist but to no avail, we say. Trump circus may be coming to town whether Cheney likes it or not.
Meanwhile, let us not forget that the January 6 Committee may have set up a trap for Trump.
SOARING POPULARITY OR RISK ANOTHER WIN?
The general public, despising the notion of another Trump run at the White House, must be feeling pretty down just about now. How many legal jeopardies must Trump face before accountability kicks in? He remains free as a bird and unabated in his efforts to threaten the core of this republic.
Do we lock him up and hope his followers lose interest? Or, do we let him run again to damage our country further? Talking about a rock and a hard place.
Although we may argue against one or the other, we must consider the importance of political accountability in this instance. Trump crimes are too egregious not to let him walk the plank. His threats too destructive to our institutions to simply let him finish the job next time around. So, locking him up is our best option, and we will cross the bridge of how this act might stir his supporters later on.
Do we want Trump to appear before the committee? Yes, if it may convince more Americans that he is bad news for the country. No, if it ends up being an exercise in futility, which might further polarize the country.
Meanwhile, let us not forget that the January 6 Committee may have set up a trap for Trump. A legal trap we hope because we are way past the publicity stunts and the political charades of any “Gotcha’ moment.