🇺🇸 Grab The Wheel
June 30, 2022

Good morning and happy Thursday! The commanding officer of this Navy ship knew his crew needed a pick-me-up, so all 700 went to the movies…

Plus, the movie they saw is much more popular than this sad-looking peanut butter and jelly being served to the Air Force.

Also, boost your curb appeal with this Flag Find!

Flag Polls


ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/30: Biden Job Approval, Economist/YouGov Approve 39,
Disapprove 56
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/30: Congress Job Approval, Economist/YouGov Approve 17,
Disapprove 64
R 6/30: Gen. Congress Vote, Economist/YouGov Republicans 45,
Democrats 40

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It’s an American celebration this Fourth of July. Take it to the next level with an Uncle Sam-approved outfit. Click here to see your screen burst with red, white, and blue.

QUICK CLICKS

R. Kelly Gets 30 Years, New Economic World, Nuclear Talks End


US: R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Sex Crimes Case (TMZ)

US: Fed Chair Powell says global economy is in a ‘new world’ (The Hill)

World: Envoy says Iran-US nuclear talks in Qatar end without ‘progress’ (AP)

US: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down Today (NBC)

World: Joe Biden meets Vitali, Wladimir Klitschko at Madrid NATO meeting (NY Post)

US: Durbin says migrant deaths in Texas could be 'Uvalde moment' for immigration deal (Fox News)

US: Paper coupons are dying but you can still beat inflation (Axios)

World: Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican despite abortion stance (POLITICO)

US: A Yellowstone visitor was injured when he got too close to a bison (NPR)

JAN. 6

Grab The Wheel

On Tuesday Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified during the January 6 hearings. She accused former President Trump of demanding to be taken to the Capitol while the protest was unfolding, and even said he lunged at the Secret Service limo’s steering wheel.

News Coverage from the Left: Former Meadows aide: Trump lunged at Secret Service agent, tried to grab steering wheel on Jan. 6 (NBC)

News Coverage from the Right: Secret Service agents willing to testify Trump did not lunge at steering wheel during Capitol riot: source (Fox News)

From The Flag: Trump issued a statement calling the accusation fake and suggested reaching for the wheel in that fashion “wouldn’t even have been possible.” Here’s more from both sides.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Challenging the Story’s Veracity, Though Some Are Concerned


  • Some have already come forward to challenge the truthfulness of the story, making this another dud in a long line of Trump “bombshells.”
  • It’s true that the committee is partisan and biased, but Republicans can’t ignore how voters will respond to Trump’s conduct.
  • This highlights the ridiculous “kangaroo court” nature of these hearings, as the most significant part of Hutchinson’s testimony included hearsay.

“Another J6 Trump 'Bombshell' Outed as a Hoax!” Matt Margolis, PJ Media: “​​On Tuesday, the liberal media soiled themselves over the so-called bombshell story that on January 6, 2021, President Trump grabbed the steering wheel of the presidential limo and then lunged at a Secret Service agent because he wanted to join the protesters at the Capitol. … CNN gleefully described it as a bombshell, yet, like so many other Trump bombshells, it appears this incident didn’t happen at all, and is yet another hoax to add to the pile of bogus anti-Trump stories. According to Peter Alexander, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, sources close to the Secret Service dispute the story. ‘A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,’ Alexander tweeted Tuesday evening.”

“​​More Testimony on Trump’s Jan. 6 Tirade” Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal: “It’s difficult to know how much this story is leaving out, since the committee isn’t releasing full transcripts of its interviews. There’s also no questioning from Republicans who boycotted the committee. But some of the testimony is firsthand, such as when Ms. Hutchinson said she saw a White House valet cleaning up food and broken dishes that Mr. Trump had thrown in a rage about the election. Ms. Hutchinson is a former intern for GOP Whip Steve Scalise and Sen. Ted Cruz. She is speaking under oath. Democrats want to use the Jan. 6 investigation to paint the entire Republican Party as a gang of insurrectionist nuts. The committee is steeped in partisanship. But that doesn’t mean Republicans should look away from the considerable evidence it is producing about Mr. Trump’s behavior that would surely be relevant to voters if he runs in 2024.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: A Jan 6 witness ludicrously claims Trump tried to choke his Secret Service agent Andrea Widburg, American Thinker

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Trump Encouraged Violence and Tried to Lead Coup


  • The January 6 hearings had already shown Trump knowingly advanced false claims of election fraud, this indicates he encouraged violence.
  • Hutchinson’s account notes Trump did not object when the crowd started chanting “hang Mike Pence.”
  • This was truly bombshell testimony that directly links Trump to the conspiracy aimed at overturning the 2020 election.

“Why Cassidy Hutchinson's Jan. 6 testimony blew the roof off Trump's defense” Hayes Brown, MSNBC Opinion: “Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old former aide to Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, blew the roof off of the committee room with her testimony. Hutchinson testified that her former boss seemed downright blasé toward the chance of violence on Jan. 6. She revealed that Trump was aware of weapons in the crowd he was addressing. She relayed how Trump, insistent on marching to the Capitol with the mob he'd whipped up, tried to grab the steering wheel from his driver. And she confirmed that Trump approved of the chants to ‘hang Mike Pence.’ … Most of the hearings so far have focused on the fact that Trump knew what he was saying about election fraud was a lie even as he pressured officials to reverse the results. Hutchinson showed that Trump was not only aware of the potential violence, he was encouraging it.”

“The Most Damning January 6 Testimony Yet” David A. Graham, The Atlantic: “Her account establishes that Trump knew the crowd was armed and understood they were there to threaten or harm someone—specifically, his opponents—and that he wanted them to march on the Capitol with those weapons. … Trump refused to lift a finger to stop the violence. When the top White House lawyer told Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the president had to act, Meadows replied, according to Hutchinson, ‘He doesn’t want to do anything.’ Later, when rioters chanted that Pence should be hanged, Hutchinson recalled, Meadows told the same lawyer, ‘He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.’ … Hutchinson’s testimony also indicated that Trump desperately wanted to go to the Capitol with the rioters, and perhaps enter the building. When he was not allowed to do so, he was livid, trying to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine and lunging at a Secret Service agent.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: It Was a Coup, and Trump Fully Intended to Lead It John Nichols, The Nation

FLAG THIS

Should Charges be Recommended?


A poll was conducted following last Thursday’s January 6 hearing in which 52% of respondents said they believed the DOJ should prosecute former President Trump for his role in that day’s events (Yahoo News/YouGov).

In a separate survey the number was even higher (58%), with 80% of Democrats supporting prosecution compared to just 8% of Republicans (ABC News/Ipsos).


Flag Poll: Do you believe Trump should face criminal charges in regards to January 6? Click here to share your thoughts.

FLAG FINDS

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WATERCOOLER

Niagara Traversed, Color Ownership, Cigar Incubator

On June 30, 1859, Jean Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Charles Blondin, becomes the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Above is a photograph of Blondin crossing the Niagara River.

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