As the fallout from the Jan. 6 hearings continues, some conservative media outlets seem to be turning against Donald Trump.
The House panel has unveiled stunning evidence of the attack on the US Capitol, laying out the details of what it calls a “coup attempt” by the former president as he desperately tried to overturn the result of the 2020 election.
The panel ended its summer of televised hearings with an eighth episode of prime time on Thursday, revealing how Trump spent most of the 187 minutes following a speech to his supporters on Jan. 6, 2021 watching the violence in the Capitol on television and He refused to listen to his advisors when they urged him to tell his followers to stop.
The hearing prompted two Rupert Murdoch newspapers to publish scathing editorials on Friday condemning Trump’s behavior as the violence raged.
Trump has shown “not an iota of regret” over what happened on January 6th. That Wall Street Journalwrote the editors of in an editorial entitled “The President Who Stood Still on January 6th”.
“Mr Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution and as Commander-in-Chief he had a duty to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it on his behalf. He declined,” the editorial said.
“He didn’t call the military to send help. He didn’t call Mr Pence [former Vice President Mike Pence] to check on the safety of his trusty vice president. Instead, he stoked the mob’s anger and calmed the riot.”
While the editorial argued that the Jan. 6 committee “lacked political balance,” he said the “facts he presents in hearings are sobering.”
“The character reveals himself in crisis, and Mr. Pence passed his trial on January 6,” the editorial concluded. “Mr. Trump totally failed him.”
Around the same time on Friday, the New York PostThe editorial board of ‘s also condemned the former president, saying he was “unworthy” of ever being president again.
Trump’s sole focus on January 6, 2021 was “to find any means … to block the peaceful transfer of power,” the president said postsaid the editor.
“There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence.
“It is up to the Department of Justice to decide whether this is a crime. But, on principle and for reasons of character, Trump has shown himself unworthy to once again be the leader of this country.”
Both editorials were far more critical of Trump than Murdoch’s biggest megaphone: Fox News. “It’s really just a cheap, selectively edited political ad,” host Sean Hannity told viewers of his show.
But some criticized Trump, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, during a surprise hearing last month.
Fox host Bret Baier described Hutchinson’s testimony as “persuasive” and dismissed Trump’s contributions while she was testifying. “Cassie Hutchinson is under oath on Capitol Hill. The President is making his statements on Truth Social,” Baier said.
This testimony prompted The Washington Examiner to publish an editorial saying it should “ring the death knell” for Trump’s political career.
“Trump is incapable of ever coming close to power again,” he added.
https://www.newsweek.com/conservative-press-turns-donald-trump-amid-january-6-hearings-fallout-1727431 Conservative media are turning against Donald Trump amid Jan. 6 hearings