The partisan House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot held its first public hearing during primetime hours on Thursday night, and it was must-see-TV for all of former President Donald Trump’s haters in D.C. and the media who insist that he is responsible and must be held accountable for the violent unrest that occurred.
President Joe Biden, arguably Trump’s biggest hater, was not among those who watched the hearing, however, as he admitted Friday that he’d had “other business” to attend to, Breitbart reported.
That didn’t stop him, though, from discussing his own views on the matter — which he invokes any chance he gets — or insisting that the hearings are vital for all of the American people to watch to fully understand everything that happened.
Biden didn’t watch the hearing
President Biden was still in Los Angeles, California, on Friday for the Summit of the Americas and he went to the Port of Los Angeles to deliver a speech on the price inflation and supply chain issues that have dogged his presidency and made life miserable for millions of American families.
Before addressing those critically important topics, however, Biden said, “I want to say a few words very briefly about the January 6th hearings that were highlighted last night.”
He proclaimed the so-called “insurrection” to be among the “darkest chapters in our nation’s history” and described the protest-turned-riot over alleged election fraud as a “brutal assault” on both democracy and the rule of law.
“It’s important that the American people understand what truly happened and to understand that the same forces that led January 6th remain at work today. It’s about our democracy itself,” Biden said.
“That’s what those hearings are all about. You’re going to hear a lot more,” he added. “I didn’t get to watch them last night because I was doing other business. But I tell you what: There’s a lot — a lot going on.”
Fewer Americans than before still believe Trump is responsible for the riot
While President Biden didn’t explicitly do so in these remarks, Breitbart noted that he has been crystal clear on countless prior occasions about his fervent belief that his predecessor Trump is, if not solely, at least largely responsible for inciting the mob that marched on the Capitol building and temporarily disrupted and delayed the congressional certification process of Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
Yet, that is a viewpoint shared by only a minority of the American people now, according to a recent poll in May by NBC News about Trump’s relative level of culpability for what occurred on Jan. 6, 2021.
Around 45 percent of Americans believe that Trump is “solely” or “mainly” responsible for the Capitol riot compared to 55 percent who say the former president is only somewhat or not at all responsible for what happened.
That 45 percent is down from the 52 percent who held Trump primarily responsible in the immediate aftermath of the event in January 2021, and interestingly enough, NBC noted that the dropoff cut across ideological lines, as Democrats declined from 91 to 87 percent, independents fell from 44 to 41 percent, and Republicans were reduced from 11 to 9 percent who viewed Trump as being responsible for causing the unrest.