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Why the January 6th Hearings Aren’t Moving the Needle

Erik Sofranko

Posted on June 15, 2022 16:58

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The House Committee hearings on January 6th will not influence the midterms.

With an economic recession looming, the only hope for the Democratic Party to turn the tide around for their political prospects is to put the spotlight back on Donald Trump. The hearings on the January 6th Capitol attack are meant to convince moderate independent voters that Trump is an ongoing threat to democracy and that his return to the White House may be imminent.

The reality is that Trump is not as powerful as people think. His plot to overthrow the government and remain as president did not work. He is no longer the president, and any fear that he will magically force his way back into the White House is irrational.

The January 6th hearings will reveal the extent to which Donald Trump tried to overthrow democracy, but it will have absolutely no effect on how people decide to vote in the 2022 midterms. As long as Trump does not make another run for the White House, campaigning on the January 6th riot for political gain will never be effective.

The hearings will not save President Biden’s abysmal approval ratings or the coming midterm election wipeout, but it may help the Republican Party shake off Trump’s strong grip and influence. There is already hypothetical polling data that shows Trump losing ground in a potential 2024 GOP presidential primary. Additionally, Attorney General William Barr’s testimony against Trump is causing many GOP primary voters to second-guess their past support for Trump and look for new leadership.

While it is important to investigate Trump’s role in the January 6th riot, even Democratic strategists admit the findings of the investigation will not persuade moderate independent voters to vote for Democrats in the midterms. Biden’s historically low approval is dragging down the entire party as economic issues are taking center stage. Inflation is at a 40-year high, gas prices are averaging over $5 per gallon, stocks have entered a Bear market, and consumer confidence is at an all-time low.

The economy is always the top issue on the minds of voters when they head to the voting booths. Democratic strategist coined the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” The Federal Reserve is attempting to combat inflation by lowering demand in the economy through gradually raising interest rates. Some economists argue that the Fed has acted too slowly in decreasing demand, which has allowed inflation to skyrocket to levels not seen since the early 1980s.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on June 15, 2022 16:58

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Source: Forbes

Jordan had "at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on January 6th," according to the committee.

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