Trump’s January 6 arguments dubbed ‘Costanza defense’ after ‘Seinfeld’ joke

Donald Trump has been accused of using “Constanza Defense”, a reference to an episode of the classic sitcom Seinfeld, to justify his false claims about the 2020 presidential election.

On a Tuesday episode of MSNBC Rhythmhost Ari Melber said the former president seemed to copy a line of logic from Seinfeld character George Constanza, who says in one episode, “Remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

The MSNBC host claimed Mr Trump was doing the same, continuing with baseless claims about the election, even though newly uncovered evidence from January 6 congressional hearings suggests the former president was warned repeatedly that he was wrong and that he planned to cancel the election. were illegal.

“The evidence shows that he was not actually wrong on that point,” Mr Melber said. “He was really, they say, an informed coup plotter, not some clumsy jobless idiot in a cafe.”

The past few days of congressional hearings have shown the many warnings Mr. Trump has received that his campaign ideas are far from grounded.

Former attorney general Bill Barr told the committee, in pre-recorded testimony, that he had informed the president that his ideas about the election were “silly” and “complete nonsense.”

“I told him that the stuff his people were offering to the public were *** bulls – I mean the allegations of fraud were *** bulls“, Mr. Barr said.

White House lawyers described how Donald Trump’s plan for his vice president to overturn the election result anyway was “completely crazy”while Mike Pence himself alerted the president”several times“It would be illegal.

Mr Trump has since said that Mr Pence actually agreed with the plan to overturn the election result when counting votes in the Senate, but the former vice president’s team has said that was “categorically false“.

Despite all this evidence, the former president maintained that he had done nothing wrong and that the January 6 committee was a political stunt to prevent him from running for president again.

Mr Trump lashed out at the ‘pitiful’ inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Monday, after the congressional committee held a day of scathing testimony accusing the former president of lying to his supporters and losing reality check as he tried to cancel the 2020 election.

“The Jan. 6 screening committee dishonors everything we hold sacred in our Constitution. If they had real evidence, they would hold real hearings with equal representation,” Mr. Trump wrote in a lengthy statement Monday. “They don’t, so they use the illegally constituted committee to put on a smoke and mirror show for the American people, in a pitiful last-ditch effort to deceive the American public…again.”

The missive ended ambiguously, with Mr Trump appearing to tease a 2024 presidential return.

“This is simply an attempt to prevent a man who is leading in all the polls, against Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running for president again,” Mr. Trump wrote, before blaming Democrats for inflation and high gas prices.

Elsewhere in the 12-page message, Mr Trump cites debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election from the recent documentary 2,000 slippersby conservative expert Dinesh D’Souza.

The film, which was Many times demystified by fact checkers, claims many people were illegally paid in hotly contested states like Georgia and Arizona to fraudulently collect and cast Democratic votes.

The documentary has no concrete evidence that this actually happened, alongside a single anonymous whistleblower from Arizona claiming she saw what she “assumed” were ongoing gains.

The film also makes specious use of cellphone geolocation data, which it claims shows voting “mules” returning to ballot drop-off locations again and again.

Experts say this cell tower data is inaccurate and there are many reasons why someone in a dense metropolitan area like Atlanta or Philadelphia might pass by a ballot drop-off location for completely unrelated reasons. of an election.

A spokesperson for Mr Trump said his claims of voter fraud and those of the film were valid.

“Fake News outlets repeatedly calling hard evidence of voter fraud ‘debunked’ don’t do it,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said. The Independent. “Nothing in 2,000 slippers has been refuted. »

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