One by one, several of Donald Trump’s former top advisers told a special House committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6 uprising that they did not believe his lies about the 2020 election and that the former president knew he had lost to Joe Biden. .
But instead of convincing Trump’s staunchest supporters, the testimony of former Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, about the election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol is prompting many of them to simply reaffirming their view that the former president was correct in his false assertion. of victory.
Barr’s testimony that Trump was repeatedly told there was no voter fraud? He was paid by a voting machine company, according to a false claim that went viral this week. Ivanka Trump saying she doesn’t believe Trump either? It’s all part of Trump’s grand plan to confuse his enemies and save America.
The claims again demonstrate how deeply entrenched Trump’s false narrative on the election has become.
“It’s cognitive dissonance,” said Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a Syracuse University professor who studied how Trump used social media and advertising to mobilize his base. “If you believe what Trump is saying, and now that Bill Barr and Trump’s own daughter are saying these other things, it creates a crack, and people have to fill it.”
Lawmakers who led the hearings into the deadly attack on the US Capitol said one of their goals was to show how Trump repeatedly lied to his supporters in an effort to retain power and subvert democracy American.
“President Trump invested millions of dollars in campaign funds to deliberately spread false information, run ads he knew were false, and convince millions of Americans that the election was corrupt and he was the real one. president,” said Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. , vice-president of the jury. “As you will see, this disinformation campaign caused the violence on January 6.”
For those who accept Trump’s baseless claims, Barr’s testimony was particularly shocking. In his interview with investigators, he detailed Trump’s many absurd claims about the 2020 election, calling them “false” and “silly.”
Barr told the committee when he spoke with Trump, “there was never any indication of interest in the actual facts.”
“He’s become detached from reality if he really believes that stuff,” Barr said.
Following his testimony, numerous Trump supporters using sites like Reddit, GETTR and Telegram called Barr a defector and noted that he had previously challenged Trump’s campaign claims.
But many others have started looking for alternative explanations for this testimony.
“I still hope Barr plays a part,” said a poster on a Telegram channel popular with Trump supporters.
A report that went viral this week suggested that Barr had been paid by Dominion Voting Systems, a company targeted by Trump and his supporters with baseless allegations of voter fraud. “From 2009 to 2018, DOMINION PAID BARR $1.2 million in cash and awarded him an additional $1.1 million in stock, according to SEC filings. (No wonder Barr finds no voter fraud!),” the post read.
Bad Dominion. Barr was paid by Dominion Energy, a publicly traded company headquartered in Richmond, Va., which provides electricity and heat to customers in several mid-Atlantic states.
Unlike Barr, Ivanka Trump has remained hugely popular with many Trump supporters and is seen by many as her father’s potential successor. Perhaps that’s why so many people had to come up with another explanation for why she told Congress she didn’t accept her father’s claims.
Jordan Sather, a leading proponent of the QAnon theory, claims Barr and Ivanka Trump lied while testifying on Trump’s orders, part of an elaborate plan to defeat Trump’s enemies by confusing Congress and the American public.
“I can just imagine Donald Trump saying to Ivanka, ‘Hey, go to this hearing, say these things. Live with their heads,'” Sather said last week on her online show.
Some Trump supporters have dismissed Ivanka Trump’s testimony entirely wondering if it was all real. This is another common refrain seen on far-right forums. Many posters say they don’t even believe the hearings are happening, but this is a Hollywood production featuring stand-ins for the former president’s daughter and others.
“She looks very different,” one poster asked on Telegram. “CGI?”
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