One by one, several of Donald Trump’s top advisers told a House special committee investigating his role in the January 6 rebellion that they did not believe his lies about the 2020 election, and that the former president knew he had lost to Joe Biden. .
But instead of persuading Trump’s most staunch supporters, testimony by former Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump’s daughter Ivanka about the election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol led many of them to simply reaffirm their views that the former president was right in his false claim. of victory.
Barr’s testimony that Trump has repeatedly said there was no election fraud? He was paid by the voting machine company, according to a false allegation that went viral this week. Ivanka Trump Says She Doesn’t Believe Trump Too? It’s all part of Trump’s grand plan to confuse his enemies and save America.
The allegations once again show how deep Trump’s false narrative about the election goes.
“It’s cognitive dissonance,” said Jennifer Strimmer Galle, a professor at Syracuse University who has studied how Trump uses social media and advertising to mobilize his base. “If you believe what Trump is saying, and now Bill Barr’s daughter and Trump’s daughter are saying these other things, that creates a rift, and people have to fill it in.”
Lawmakers leading the hearings on the deadly attack on the US Capitol have said one of their goals is to show how Trump has repeatedly lied to his supporters in an effort to retain power and undermine American democracy.
“President Trump has deliberately invested millions of dollars in campaign money to spread false information, run ads he knows to be false, and convince millions of Americans that the election was corrupt and that he was the real president,” said Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wu. Vice Chairman of the Committee. “As you will see, the disinformation campaign sparked the violence on January 6th.”
For those who accepted Trump’s groundless claims, Barr’s testimony was highly dissonant. In his interview with investigators, he detailed Trump’s many ridiculous claims about the 2020 election, calling them “false” and “stupid.”
Barr told the committee when he spoke with Trump, “There was no indication of interest in what the actual facts were.”
“He would become detached from reality if he really believed in these things,” Barr said.
After his testimony, several Trump supporters using sites like Reddit, GETTR and Telegram criticized Barr as an apostate and noted that he had opposed Trump’s election claims before.
But many others are beginning to come to terms with alternative interpretations of this testimony.
“I still hope Barr plays a role,” said a poster on one of the Telegram channels popular with Trump supporters.
One widely circulated post this week suggested that Barr was being paid by Dominion Voting Systems, a company that Trump and his supporters have targeted with unsubstantiated allegations of vote rigging. “From 2009 to 2018, DOMINION BARR paid $1.2 million in cash and awarded him another $1.1 million in stock awards, according to SEC filings. (No wonder Barr found no voter fraud!),” the post read.
wrong lordship. Barr was paid for by Dominion Energy, a public company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, that supplies power and heat to customers in several mid-Atlantic states.
Unlike Barr, Ivanka Trump has remained popular with many Trump supporters and is considered by many to be her father’s potential successor. This may be why so many people have had to find an alternative explanation for why she told Congress that she did not accept her father’s claims.
Jordan Sather, a leading proponent of the QAnon theory, alleges that both Barr and Ivanka Trump lied during their testimony on Trump’s orders, as part of an elaborate scheme to defeat Trump’s enemies by confusing Congress and the American public.
“I can only imagine Donald Trump saying to Ivanka, ‘Hey, go to this session, and say these things.’ Sather said last week on his webcast.
Some Trump supporters have dismissed Ivanka Trump’s testimony entirely by questioning whether any of it is true. This is another common dilemma that appears on far-right message boards. Many posters say they don’t even believe the sessions are happening, but they are a Hollywood production starring the former president’s daughter and others.
“It looks drastically different,” asked one of the posters on Telegram. “CGI?”
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