Hoping public hearings bring movement

Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House of Representatives 1/6 select committee, is going to convene a series of public hearings in early June.

The aim is to reveal to the public the nuts and bolts of what committee members have been hearing in private for seemingly forever. They have heard testimony about how Donald J. Trump orchestrated efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election — the one that Trump lost to Joe Biden. They have heard how Trump watched the insurrection unfold on Capitol Hill and did not a damn thing to stop it for more than three hours.

We’re going to hear from witnesses who have first-hand knowledge of what Trump knew, when he knew it and what he did about it.

Will any of this move the needle? Will it swing public opinion dramatically in favor of what the panel is seeking to do, which is to determine who is responsible for that riot and how to prevent such a thing from ever recurring.

I know this much: I intend to watch as much of it as I can from the comfort of my North Texas man cave.

I doubt my mind will change, if you get my drift. Still, it’s going to make for some compelling political drama.


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