Despite coming up short twice in her bid to impeach former President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is taking another shot at him with a select committee ostensibly tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Newsmax TV host Tom Basile joined a wide range of critics in a recent op-ed, arguing that Pelosi’s effort is little more than a ploy to continue demonizing Trump and his GOP supporters ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
“Two sham impeachments”
As he wrote for the Washington Times, Pelosi is following up “two sham impeachments” and is using top officials involved in those prior efforts to lead her latest effort.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) acknowledged that the panel’s work is expected to run “well into next year.”
The committee’s hearings will likely receive wall-to-wall media coverage among outlets that have seen their ratings plummet since Trump left office. Along with the outrage being expressed by Democrats, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is sure to chime in with her fierce criticism of the former president.
“Republicans, white supremacy, right-wing extremists, and of course Trump supporters will be collectively blamed for an attempted insurrection,” Basile wrote, predicting that Pelosi will watch with glee as “media and Big Tech participate in her scheme as they did during the two impeachment debacles.”
In real terms, however, it is unclear whether yet another probe will provide any new evidence about the riot, which many on the left have described as an attempted violent insurrection.
“Reviving Donald J. Trump”
Basile concluded that “the facts, the evidence, and the law won’t matter” to the Democratic-led panel.
“Impeachment 3.0 will be the last gasp of a long career that has careened toward the kind of abuse of power that saps the confidence of a nation,” he added.
Fox News contributor Liz Peek offered a similar sentiment in an op-ed she wrote last week, asserting that Pelosi “can’t wait to get started on yet another excoriation of the former president” because she “doesn’t just miss Donald J. Trump, she needs Donald J. Trump.”
She went on to opine that the “commission isn’t about uncovering important information about domestic terrorism or about the events of Jan. 6, it is about reviving Donald J. Trump as the enemy and energizing struggling Democrats.”
Expanding on the same general argument, the New York Post editorial board recently wrote that the speaker is looking for “a chance to pounce and preen while claiming Republicans instigated an insurrection,” pointing out that she “thinks keeping Trump in the news will boost Democrats in next year’s elections.”