Who Won The Week — 07/24/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week is, once again, the House Select Committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. This week the committee held its last prime-time televised hearing until September. Did you watch it? It was a blockbuster!

The hearing focused on then-President Trump’s three-plus-hour refusal to publicly condemn the unfolding insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to call off the violent mob, or to take any action whatsoever to stop the attempted siege. Trump did not place a single call to any of his law enforcement or national security officials or to the military as the Capitol attack was unfolding. The calls he did make during that 187 minute gap were to Republic senators who, themselves, were under siege in the Capitol building, to persuade them to stick by his delusional scheme to halt the process.

Trump didn’t want to act to call off the mob that day or to condemn the violence because they were doing exactly what he wanted and sent them to do: delay or stop the official counting and confirmation of the Electoral College vote, officially making Joe Biden the next President.

What struck me while I watched the hearing were the parallels between Nero of Rome and Trump of America.

In July of 64 A.D., a great fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. According to a well-known expression, Nero, Rome’s decadent and unpopular emperor at the time, “fiddled while Rome burned.” The expression has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis.

In January of 2021, a heretofore unimaginable siege upon the U.S. Capitol Building by Donald Trump’s loyal MAGA-maniacs took lives, destroyed property, and almost stopped democracy in an attempted coup triggered by none other than the president of the country. The United States’ unpopular and decadent president, went to the White House’s dining room, turned on Fox News, and figuratively fiddled while the Capitol was under attack, at his command, by rioters. He reveled in the chaos, cheered on his supporters in their insurrection attempt, and, despite the pleas of his advisors, the media, and even his children, did literally nothing to stop it. The only action Trump took was to watch TV, tweet, and call Republican senators while the nation he was supposed to lead, protect, and serve suffered. And he demonstrated that he was an ineffective leader in a time of crisis.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

24 thoughts on “Who Won The Week — 07/24/22

  1. newepicauthor July 24, 2022 / 12:48 pm

    Great comparison of Trump and Nero, both bad actors who only cared about their own needs. The Senate condemned Nero to die a slave’s death: on a cross and under the whip. The Praetorian Guard, his palace guard, abandoned him, and his freedmen left to embark on the ships he kept in readiness at Ostia, the port of Rome. Nero was obliged to flee the city. According to Suetonius, he stabbed himself in the throat with a dagger. Nero had more guts than the coward Trump.

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  2. True George July 24, 2022 / 6:14 pm

    Trump didn’t have to make any call to reign in the mob. The Capital Police failed to do their job. I’m kind of glad that Congress got shaken up hopefully Congress will start to get back in touch with people

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong July 24, 2022 / 7:30 pm

    This will do fine. I think I should start doing “who LOST the week,” except it would always be us.

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    • Fandango July 24, 2022 / 8:27 pm

      That is the sad reality.

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  4. jilldennison July 24, 2022 / 7:32 pm

    I fully agree that the committee won the week, hands down! Now … I hope that someday soon, we can vote Attorney General Merrick Garland as a ‘winner of the week’ for filing charges of seditious conspiracy and failure to uphold his oath of office … soon … PLEASE!!!!

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    • Fandango July 24, 2022 / 8:19 pm

      I am not optimistic, based upon what I’ve seen so far of how Garland has been handling his role as AG.

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  5. Marleen July 24, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    I heard commentary that the Secret Service is who does research and solutions for cyber crime. Yet, they are the ones who “lost” the tweet history for the missing time record. I wonder how important it is. Anyway, I agree that the committee won the week.

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    • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 10:21 am

      Uh-oh. Maybe Sarah Palin won?

      A recent piece published by the Washington Post made an attempt to paint former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as a friendly, working-class, model Alaskan citizen who is none other than a hero and also a victim of sexism. [If, however, she was a subject of sexism, it wasn’t perpetrated by the left; nor liberals. I remember a fella from the Reagan era, probably the Goldwater era as well but who was still very much around when Palin was running with McCain, who talked like she was great and who was a spokesperson for her, but who additionally was a bit unseemly about her appearance like she was his secret fantasy; trying to remember his name. Pat Buchanan.]

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        • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 12:15 pm

          https://alaskapublic.org/2022/01/19/alaska-court-upholds-ranked-choice-voting-and-top-four-primary/

          January of 2022

          The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld as valid a voter-approved election system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked choice voting in general elections.

          A brief order affirmed a lower court ruling from last year.

          A fuller opinion explaining the Supreme Court’s decision was expected later.

          The ruling comes one day after the justices heard arguments in the case.

          The new system, narrowly approved by voters in 2020, is unique among states and set to be used for this year’s elections. It is viewed by supporters as a way to encourage civility and cooperation among elected officials.

          Under the open primary, the top four vote-getters in a race, regardless of party affiliation, would advance to the general election, where ranked choice voting would be used.

          Attorney Kenneth Jacobus; Scott Kohlhaas, who unsuccessfully ran for the state House in 2020 as a Libertarian; Bob Bird, chair of the Alaskan Independence Party; and Bird’s party sued in late 2020 over the initiative, challenging its constitutionality.

          ……

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        • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 1:03 pm

          https://www.fairvote.org/alaskarcv2020

          Top takeaways:

          Despite a global pandemic, 19,813 votes were cast compared to 10,610 in [Democratic Party’s] 2016’s caucus-only system and 8,880 in 2008.

          ….

          … unlike the over two million such voters in other states, these Alaska voters could indicate their backup choices — and more than 92% of them had their ballot count for Biden or Sanders in the final round.

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      • Marleen August 3, 2022 / 11:09 am

        Remember that such “law” enforcement extrajudicial killings (while not always shootings) reached to someone like Jimmy Hendrix (waterboarded/drowned to death with wine), with J. Edgar Hoover at the head of the FBI.

        “Mother Country Radicals”: [podcast project, the] Son of
        Weather Underground’s Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers

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        • Marleen August 3, 2022 / 11:26 am

          https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alessadominguez/mother-country-radicals-zayd-dohrn

          In the late ’90s and early aughts, there was a slew of memoirs …

          More sober recent histories, like Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage, have been partly based on newly declassified FBI documents.

          But neither Bernardine Dohrn nor Boudin ever wrote a memoir. Zayd wanted to get them on the record; his mother was nearing octogenarian status, and Boudin had cancer (she died earlier this year). “I started to feel like I had a chance to ask some questions I’d always had,” Zayd said, “and talk to people in a frank way — preserve those voices for my own family, my daughters, and posterity.”

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      • Marleen October 8, 2022 / 4:56 pm

        { She did not win, after all, by the way. 👏🏻 }

        8mo+ ago | Mass politics must be rooted in class struggle

        [Plus, at approximately halfway… there is implicit contrast with one
        of the biggest stories in news cycles right now; detail I’ve not seen.]

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    • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 1:40 pm

      Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Donald Trump observed until he saw Capitol Police
      were prevailing over the crowd he perceived as his people fighting for him

      January 6 Committee member … joins … to discuss the work ahead for the select committee, including possible subpoenas of Ginni Thomas and the personal phones of some Secret Service members, after the agency said text messages on members’ work phones from January 5 and 6 were lost during an update. “When you roll over technology, you’re required to keep records. So we want to get that answer as best we can. It’s why we’ve decided we’re not going to wrap up the investigation,” says Kinzinger. …. He adds, “The federal government is very serious about preserving records, and especially on a day, if you’re the Secret Service, like January 6, that was probably their biggest day, frankly, since 9/11.”

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  6. Nope, Not Pam July 24, 2022 / 8:42 pm

    But what happens if he’s found culpable, or more importantly, will he be found guilty

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    • Fandango July 24, 2022 / 10:07 pm

      That’s what everyone is waiting to find out.

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  7. Carol anne July 25, 2022 / 10:18 am

    Unbelievable! He’s no president, or he wasn’t. No sane person would do what he did, he is just unbelievable!

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  8. Marleen September 4, 2022 / 1:21 pm

    https://news.yahoo.com/jan-6-committee-withdraws-subpoena-004628459.html

    September 2, 2022

    The Jan. 6 select committee has withdrawn a subpoena to obtain fundraising data from the Republican National Committee, contending that the investigation had progressed to a point that it no longer planned to fight the GOP in court to obtain it.

    The select committee revealed the decision — first reported by the Washington Post — in a filing Friday evening with a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which was slated to hear arguments on the matter next month.

    The select committee in February subpoenaed Salesforce, the vendor that housed large caches of RNC data related to fundraising metrics and small-dollar email campaigns. The committee indicated it wanted the data to help show whether the RNC’s post-election messaging campaigns contributed to the radicalization of supporters of former President Donald Trump who later stormed the Capitol.

    The RNC’s joint fundraising committee with Trump raised large sums in part by stoking unfounded concerns about the integrity of the election.

    But the committee decided that the effort to obtain the data has been overtaken by other developments in the investigation, which is expected to wind down by the end of the calendar year.

    “Given the current state of its investigation, the Select Committee has determined that it no longer has a need to pursue the specific information requested in the Salesforce subpoena,” House Counsel Doug Letter wrote in the nine-page filing, calling the litigation “moot.”

    [He] urged the appeals court panel to dismiss the case. The decision is nearly certain to end a six-month legal saga that included a significant victory for the committee in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., upholding the select committee’s structure and mission. The win, from Trump-appointed Judge Tim Kelly, buoyed the panel’s hopes that it might obtain the RNC data in time for public hearings that it launched in June. But the three-judge appeals court panel — one that by coincidence included all three of Trump’s appointees to the powerful D.C. Circuit court — stayed the lower-court ruling to consider the matter, effectively dooming the panel’s hopes.

    ………

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  9. Marleen September 4, 2022 / 3:45 pm

    This man was convicted of scamming MAGA people for millions, but he was pardoned by Trump. Now, the probe into Republicans extracting millions and stirring up the violence of January sixth has been halted.

    https://news.yahoo.com/steve-bannon-calls-4-000-153113282.html

    July 26, 2022

    ~

    Mr Bannon then called on thousands of “shock troops” to step forward.

    “I want everybody to understand deeply exactly what we’re doing here. Because you’re going to be a part of it.”

    Mr Bannon has deployed his shock troop shtick repeatedly in the past year. In October 2021, he claimed the Maga movement has “20,000 shock troops” who were “ready to go” during a podcast rant.

    He repeated the claim that 4,000 shock troops were preparing to takeover the government while hosting Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz in December.

    “Get them ready now. Right? We’re going to hit the beach with the landing teams and the beachhead teams and all that nomenclature they use when President Trump wins in 2024—or before,” he said.

    Mr Bannon also made incendiary remarks the day before the January 6 insurrection, encouraging listeners to march on the US Capitol while claiming: “All hell is going to break lose tomorrow.”

    Mr Bannon is facing a maximum of two years in prison after being convicted of two counts of ignoring a Congressional subpoena to testify before the January 6 selection committee.

    After promising to go “medieval” on the prosecutors, he offered no defence and was found guilty after less than three hours of deliberation.

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