Politico correspondent Betsy Woodruff Swan revealed at least two Democrat lawmakers speaking with her privately have admitted: “Nobody gives a bleep about January 6,” referring to the Democrat’s spectacle-laden committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Swan’s comments came during a panel discussion with NBC News anchor Chuck Todd.
Todd referenced a poll that indicated an ideological divide between those who think former President Donald Trump truly believes in his claims of election fraud and those who say he’s deliberately spreading lies.
“Which brings me to the all-important question, Betsy: Does the Jan. 6 hearing break through at all? Is this more proof that it does not?” Todd asked.
Her answer will be a major blow to the anti-Trump representatives who have used the select committee’s public hearings to peacock in front of the nation.
“I don’t think it does,” Swan responded.
Which comes closer to your point of view: Trump truly believed there was widespread voter fraud in 2020, or he deliberately spread false information?
Truly believed 77%
Spread false info 17%
Truly believed 7%
Spread false info 86%
(Quinnipiac U. Poll, 6/17-20/22)
— PollingReport.com (@pollreport) June 22, 2022
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Nobody Gives a Bleep About January 6
Swan replied that the public hearings on the Capitol riot aren’t making a dent with voters and cited a pair of Democrat lawmakers who said people in their districts just don’t care.
“I’ve talked to two separate Democratic members of Congress over the last couple of weeks about Jan. 6, obviously can’t say who, and both of them have said offhandedly, nobody gives a bleep about January 6 when they’re talking about their districts and the way that elections play out,” she said.
Which shouldn’t be a surprise, given the meltdown of the American economy.
Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, who have used the hearings as an audition for a post-congressional career with either CNN or MSNBC, will be hardest hit by that news.
“I have talked with two separate Democratic members of Congress in the last couple of weeks about January 6th … Both of them have said, offhandedly, ‘Nobody gives a bleep about January 6th.” – Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan pic.twitter.com/NdMTfNcu1V
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 23, 2022
Still, Swan expressed the importance of the committee’s work.
“The reality is – obviously, it’s a very important issue … It’s important, it’s a key part of understanding American history and the democratic trajectory that this country is on,” said Swan.
That would be true if the committee weren’t absolutely overloaded with panelists who have already drawn their own conclusions and vehemently despise the former President. It’s as biased a committee as Pelosi could possibly have selected.
Swan went on to note that the current economic hellscape in America is preventing people from being able to devote time to caring about the hearings.
“Top-tier issues are material concerns,” she said. “How are people paying their mortgages? How much does it cost to get milk and bread? How much does it cost to get gas?”
Like I said years ago. You can think people truly care about other stuff, but money and providing for their family will always come first. If they can’t do that, they won’t care about other stuff. People don’t like being broke. https://t.co/J1mpLGxvLk
— Tony2Gloves (@Tony2Gloves) June 23, 2022
Democrats Had Hoped It Would Be a Politically Useful Tool
The New York Times reported earlier this month that Democrats were hoping the public hearings would help them in the upcoming midterm elections.
“With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings to remind the public of the magnitude of Mr. Trump’s effort to overturn the election, and to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it.”
Cue the sad trombone now that some of their colleagues have admitted ‘nobody gives a bleep about January 6.’
Even the failing New York Times knows Thursday is all about election politics:
“Jan. 6 Hearings Give Democrats a Chance to Recast Midterm Message”
With their majority at stake, Democrats plan to use the six high-profile hearings …
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— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 8, 2022
The media have been touting the ratings for these hearings as some sort of bonanza for Democrats though the numbers, taken into context, show a very mundane drawing and on one network at least, even struggling to compete with a program called “Young Sheldon.”
Perhaps the panel could do a parody bit during their hearing called Young Adam. That’ll likely draw more eyeballs.
The January 6 committee on Thursday announced that they were postponing their next round of hearings into July in order to further examine “important” information.
They only had 17 months prior to do that.
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