Analysis: Trump and the GOP spin fantasies to hide his crimes against the Constitution


The audio came out on the same day Trump’s mouthpiece on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans spoke out against authoritarianism and abuses of power — but they leveled those accusations at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and not the twice-impeached former President.

It was the latest incarnation of a now classic tactic among pro-Trump Republicans and his media propagandists — an effort to not just excuse the former President’s conduct but to comprehensively alter the facts and public perception of the worst attack on Congress in two centuries. The shape shifting strategy isn’t just a political device — it allows those who promote it to avoid wrestling with the reality of an assault on American democracy.

Trump came across as rambling and wallowing in his own delusions in the tapes released by Carol Leonning and Phil Rucker of their interviews with him…

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