“In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday,” Trump said.
[ Editor’s Note: Color me surprised, as the Congressional Republicans pulled this off, when I would not have bet Trump could be deterred, but he was.
This could be a turning point, as Trump was desperate to have the big microphone once again, since his social media pipeline is shut off. For the news stations that pump him up he has been a lifeline to them for grabbing the headlines.
The Trumpers will have no place to go, other than sticking with the party to get their share of the grift. Sure, there might be a Trump revivalist batch, but Donald has a lot of scandals in the closet weighing him down… Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 4, 2022
Former President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday evening that he would cancel a previously planned press conference is good news for Senate Republicans, who earlier in the day openly fretted that he would pull their party back into debating his false election claims.
It also ensures that Republicans won’t have to keep one eye on the TV on the anniversary of the Capitol attack, nor will they face a deluge of questions about Trump in the immediate days.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), when asked about the press conference earlier Tuesday. “I guess it depends on what he’s going to say. But early assumptions are that it’s going to be an aggressive statement. I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Similarly, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said she wanted to “stay focused on congressional activities.” And Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who voted to convict Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 attack, said the event wasn’t a “terribly good idea,” but added, “What am I going to do about it?”
…Few Senate Republicans see an upside in talking about Trump, the 2020 election and his role in the Jan. 6 attack. “There’s no benefit on commenting,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). “So I’m not going to comment.”