Commentary on Trump’s stability repeated lies, innuendo

Being a typical far-left liberal writer, The Herald’s Mary Murphy justified in her article that she is a bearer of false information (“What Jan. 6 testimony has shown of Trump’s stability,” The Herald, July 25).

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson reported a claim that Trump grabbed for the steering wheel of a Secret Service vehicle and yelled “take me to the Capitol.” I wonder, was Cassidy in the vehicle or did she just hear it? Well, two of the Secret Service agents said he did not do either. Another aide to President Trump said the opposite of Cassidy, that he never grabbed for the wheel.

So it sounds like Murphy and the committee see just the lies and innuendo. Does this sound like a fair and equitable hearing?

Was it ever brought up in the hearings that Trump offered 10,000 National Guard troops for the Capitol days prior to event; yet it was refused by Nancy Pelosi, the D.C. Police and the mayor of Washington. I wonder why? Murphy did not mention this in her commentary. Maybe they wanted it to happen.

I would appreciate our journalists at The Herald do their due diligence in a fair and responsible way or get out of the business of writing propaganda.

Jerry Dugan


Editor’s note: Murphy’s commentary was based on and checked against numerous media accounts.

To date, only Hutchison has testified under oath as to what she had heard regarding Trump’s actions immediately after the speech at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, 2021. While a second-hand account, her testimony has not been refuted by other witnesses testifying before the Jan. 6 committee.

As to the claim that Trump ordered up 10,000 National Guard troops for his Jan. 6 speech, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column has researched the claim and determined that the president did not issue such a order. Nor was such an offer refused by Pelosi, the Capitol police department or Washington’s mayor. The claim, repeated by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, among others, earned “Four Pinocchios” from the Fact Checker’s Glenn Kessler.

— Jon Bauer, Herald opinion editor

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