President Donald Trump has humiliated Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) by complaining that Republicans don’t “have a voice” on the Democrats’ Jan. 6 House Select Committee.
Speaking to Punchbowl News, Trump said House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy made the wrong call by not putting any Republicans on the panel.
“Well, I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart to put Republicans on the committee, and again, I wasn’t involved in it from a standpoint so I never looked at it too closely,” Trump said.
“But I think it would have been good if we had representation.
“I think in retrospect McCarthy should’ve put Republicans on to just have a voice.
“The Republicans don’t have a voice.
“They don’t even have anything to say.
“I think it would’ve been far better to have Republicans on the panel.
“Jim Banks and Jim Jordan were great.
“They were great and would’ve been great to have them.
“But when Pelosi wrongfully didn’t allow them, we should’ve picked other people.
“We have a lot of good people in the Republican Party.”
When asked about Kevin McCarthy as speaker after the Dems get crushed in the midterms Trump said:
“Well, I’m not going to comment on that now. But I just tell you that – and I like Kevin very much – but in retrospect, it’s not fair when you have, I don’t know how many people they have on the committee in total, but whatever it is, and you have nobody to give the opposing point of view.”
“Well, I don’t want to comment on that now,” he said when asked if he will endorse McCarthy for speaker.
“But you and I will talk at some point in the future.”
NEW: Trump to @PunchbowlNews: “I think in retrospect [McCarthy should’ve put Republicans on] to just have a voice. The Republicans don’t have a voice. They don’t even have anything to say.”
— Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) June 22, 2022
But how much are these hearings resonating with the public?
A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll offers insights:
Fifty-eight percent of voters heard about the hearings held on June 13 and 16, and 38% of voters said they watched or listened to at least some of them.
There was a substantial partisan divide among those who tuned in: 56% of Democratic voters watched, as did 32% of independents and 25% of Republicans.
Just 38% of voters said they heard “a lot” or “some” about retired Judge J. MICHAEL LUTTIG’s statement to the Jan. 6 committee that Trump and his allies instigated a war on democracy so that he could stay in power.
Sixty-two percent of voters said they heard “not much” or “nothing at all.” (For comparison: 42% of voters heard “a lot” or “some” about ELON MUSK’s statement that he recently voted for a Republican for the first time in his life.)