Jan. 6 Was Just the Start of Radicalizing Trump’s Republican Party
Donald Trump’s January 2021 coup attempt failed to overturn the election; but Trump has succeeded in transforming the GOP into an ever more radicalized party that rewards extremism, and punishes, or even banishes, those members who fail to support ever more audacious attacks on democracy and the nation’s electoral process. The Republican Party is now institutionally oriented to work towards the anti-democratic aims of its charismatic leader, Trump.
One year later, the ripples of the Jan. 6 riot continue to reverberate throughout American politics. For Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who led the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, bringing the people responsible for the attack to account has become his driving priority. Today, Playbook author Rachael Bade talks to Raskin and congressional reporter Olivia Beavers about the continued fallout from the Capitol siege.
On why Raskin sees holding Trump accountable as still necessary
“Accountability has always seemed kind of like a bureaucratic word to me. But when you think about it, it's really the heart of democracy. If you've got a king or you got a dictator, the defining feature of that regime is there is no accountability. The leaders of society or the owners of society, they do whatever they want. So democracy is all about making sure that the people have control over the rulers. That's what accountability is.” — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), member of the Jan. 6 select committee
Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6
In the year since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a handful of Democrats, constitutional scholars and pro-democracy advocates have been quietly exploring how a post-Civil War amendment to the Constitution might be used to disqualify former President Trump from holding office again. Calls for Congress to take steps to strip Trump of his eligibility, which reached a crescendo in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot, have since decreased. But those who remain engaged on the issue say discussions about applying Section 3 of the 14th Amendment have been ongoing. "If anything, the idea has waxed and waned," said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School.
“[Trump] is not going away. I mean, had we been able to convict him and disqualify him from future federal office, this would be over. But it's not over. And there are other provisions in the Constitution that relate to the question of someone who has sworn an oath to the Constitution who betrays it by engaging in insurrection or rebellion. Section three of the 14th Amendment forbids such people from ever serving in public office again at the federal or the state level. That's a live proposition. But at this point, accountability for Trump remains essential, but our problems go way beyond that. It's a question of the movement that Trump has created, which is based on authoritarian politics and fascistic tactics like big lies and conspiracy theories and propagandizing in the followers.” — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), member of the Jan. 6 select committee
Sunday shows preview: Congress marks Jan. 6 anniversary; US, Russia to hold talks amid rising tensions
This week's Sunday show circuit is expected to center on the Jan. 6 anniversary earlier this week as well as upcoming talks between Russia and the United States as tensions between the two nations rise.Talks between Russia and the U.S. are set to begin Monday. A senior Biden administration official told reporters on Saturday that the U.S. plans to initiate talks about military exercises in Eastern Europe and missile placements during its meetings with the Russian delegation. "Russia has said it feels threatened by the prospect of offensive missile systems being placed in Ukraine.
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On what should’ve been the focus of Trump’s first impeachment
“Don't get me wrong, it wasn't because I had any doubts about impeachment, but I thought that the central impeachable offense and the original sin of the Trump presidency was that he had converted the presidency and the entire executive branch into a money-making operation. This was the founder's worst nightmare. He had converted the position of president into an instrument of self-enrichment, and he said on the first days of taking office, he would not give up his more than 500 companies and profit-making ventures. He might turn over day-to-day responsibility over some of them to his kids. But he was still going to be — as everyone knows, Donald Trump's personality — in control and he would be profiting from them. So he raked in millions and millions of dollars in foreign emoluments. They just flagrantly violated that on an almost daily basis, just like they violated the domestic emoluments clause, which says the president is limited to his own salary in office and can't receive any other money from the federal government. Yet all of these federal departments and agencies under Trump's control were spending money at his hotels and golf courses, millions and millions of dollars in money paid to his businesses, and he would say, ‘Oh, well, I'm not accepting my salary.’ That's the only thing he's allowed to accept.” — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), member of the Jan. 6 select committee
McCormick MAGA-proofs his Senate campaign after dissing Trump
The new Pennsylvania candidate is certain to face GOP primary attacks.None of it is apparent from his Senate campaign website, which says people are asking him to run to represent “America First” values, a nod to former President Donald Trump’s battle cry.
On working to convince Republicans that Trump is dangerous
“Well, because he is dangerous. I spoke to Republican senators if they came to talk to me during the trial and I said, ‘You’ve got to do this for the country, you’ve got to do it for the Constitution and you’ve got to do it for your party, because he will destroy the Republican Party as we know it.’ I am more convinced of that than ever today. But I predicted that at the time because you see, I had written a letter to Donald Trump urging him to come and to testify. They were whining about due process. I said the heart of due process is the opportunity to be heard, so come and be heard. Of course, they said no. Imagine any other American president or any other American citizen saying no, they don't want to testify if they were falsely being accused of incitement to violent insurrection against the union. But he didn't want to do it. So he didn't come and he wouldn't participate. His lawyers denounced the insurrection and they said they had nothing to do with it. But again, I predicted back then that Trump would come to embrace the insurrection, and he would try to lionize the insurrectionists and make heroes and martyrs out of them. Of course, that is precisely what's happened. But he's such a snowflake. He wasn't willing to stand up at the time and proclaim his great stature as the Mussolini of America. He just didn't have the courage to do that.” — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), member of the Jan. 6 select committee
On what success would look like for the Jan. 6 committee
“Success for us is telling the truth — in comprehensive and fine-grained detail — a story that makes sense to the American people, and a story that demonstrates how far outside of our American constitutional system and outside of our American political culture these events were. And to turn huge numbers of people against political coups and against insurrections, and then to follow through on a set of policy recommendations and legislative recommendations that will allow us to fortify our institutions.” — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), member of the Jan. 6 select committee
Jamie Lynn Spears Speaks on Her Role in Britney’s Conservatorship
Jamie Lynn Spears is opening up about her relationship with older sister Britney Spears and the 40-year-old singer’s now-ended conservatorship that lasted nearly 14 years. Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Jamie Lynn sat down with ABC News’ Juju Chang to talk about her new memoir Things I Should Have Said and her side of the conservatorship battle story. Early in the interview, Jamie Lynn said she “adored” her older sister but noted that the conservatorship situation was “not that simple.
Jamie Foxx Serenades Daughter Anelise Bishop During Private Concert in Dallas .
Jamie Foxx took a trip to Texas with his youngest daughter to root for the Dallas Cowboys and promote his flavored whiskey brand, BSB-Brown Sugar BourbonJamie Foxx is sharing his love of music with his daughter!