So many lies led to the riot last Wednesday in Washington. New lies are now being offered on the right to protect the vulnerable. And President Trump’s entertainment section is desperately trying to bury the riot in the memory hole.
Speaking of memories, let’s go back in time. One week ago on our TV program “Reliable Sources”, the author of “Tyranny” Timothy Snyder warned that “now I am moving dangerously into the territory of a big lie.” He said that “the idea that Mr Biden did not win the election is a big lie. This is a big lie, because you have to disbelieve any evidence in order to believe it. conspiracy to believe him. And this is a big lie, because, if you believe, it requires you to take radical action. So this is one of the ways we have really moved towards authoritarianism and far from democracy. It is currently reaching its peak. “
Wednesday was the peak ̵
1; maybe. More evidence of the attack comes to light every day. Many more reports are still needed. I agree with Yashar Ali, who said Sunday night: “I feel we know only 5% of the history of the uprising.”
But we also need to look ahead. As Jake Tapper said at the end of SOTU on Sunday: “Will there be any consequences? Will Kevin McCarthy remain the Republican leader of the House?” Will Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “just be allowed to take on the tasks of the committee and try to move forward? How about the President of the United States? Will he be allowed to fly out of Washington on January 19 to spent your days enjoying the golf course, spreading more lies through the television networks that were also part of this betrayal? “
Tapper concluded: “What is happening to us? What is happening to our country if we continue to pretend that leaders who played a role in this coup attempt, in this terrorist attack, end up doing well, without any consequences? Will January 6, 2021 be remembered as just the beginning? “
Was it Wednesday’s peak or just the beginning?
This brings me back to Snyder, whose book climbed to number one on Amazon. He wrote the cover story for New York Times Magazine next week and is now online. The story is another warning and inspired the title of the newsletter tonight.
“Lying outlives liars,” Snyder wrote. The idea that Germany lost World War I in 1918 because of the Jewish “stabbing in the back” was 15 years old when Hitler came to power. How will Trump’s myth of sacrifice in American life work in 15 years? And for whose benefit? “
He concluded that “America will not survive the big lie just because the liar is separated from power. It will need thoughtful media reprisals and engagement with the facts as a public good.” Read …
Trump will be impressed unless …
CNN.com’s headline currently says that Parliament “will move quickly on impeachment if the demand for the 25th Amendment fails”.
“This will be the first time an American president has been impeachable for the second time,” Wolf Blitzer said on Sunday night.
→ Big picture: More than 104 hours have passed since Trump sparked a Capitol riot. And he is still in office.