Trump’s inaction in action
As a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol on January 6, Trump refused to stop them, according to former Trump administration officials, who testified yesterday before the House committee investigating the ‘offensive. For 187 minutes, Trump sat in his dining room next to the Oval Office, watching the violence on television, not only ignoring calls to respond, but repeatedly signaling that he wanted nothing to do.
It was one of the most dramatic hearings of the investigation, write Luke Broadwater and Maggie Haberman of The Times. Still, the claim that Mr. Trump failed in his duties raised ethical, moral and legal questions, but it may not be the basis of a criminal charge, according to Rep. Elaine Luria, Democrat of Virginia, who led much of the proceedings last night. Media critic Brian Stelter of The News called last night’s hearing “the most Fox-focused hearing yet – and nothing was broadcast live by Fox,” noting how the American media landscape is divided.
Here are the takeaways:
Trump ignored a torrent of calls inside and outside the White House to quash his supporters. Members of Congress, aides and his own daughter, Ivanka, pleaded with Mr. Trump to stop the violence as it unfolded in front of him on television, notes Michael S. Schmidt of The Times. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Illinois Republican who helped lead the hearing, said the president, after learning of the breach from Capitol Hill, resisted posting a tweet saying, “Rest in peace.” .
Even the next day, Trump was not quite willing to concede the race. Excerpts from a taped address of the president’s January 7 speech showed the president saying he didn’t mean “the election is over.”
Members of Pence’s Secret Service security detail feared for their lives as protesters closed in. “I don’t like to talk about it, but there have been calls to say goodbye to family members etc,” said an official, whom the committee declined to name.
Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the nation, told the panel: “You are the commander-in-chief. You have an ongoing assault on the United States Capitol, and there’s nothing? No call? Nothing? Zero?”
Further hearings are scheduled for September.
YouTube’s policy on removing abortion-related content has some skeptics
Youtube said on Twitter yesterday that he would over the next few weeks remove videos that provided instruction on ‘unsafe abortion methods’. Citing its medical misinformation policies, it also said it would remove content that promoted “false abortion safety claims” and would begin including information from health authorities alongside content on abortion.
YouTube’s announcement was a step in the right direction, but it should have happened a long time ago. said Imran Ahmed, CEO and founder of the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate. “While we welcome any change in their rule, why on earth were home remedies for abortion ever allowed on their site?” he told DealBook, citing the medical risks associated with using unsafe methods. He recommended that YouTube provide a hotline for groups that offer accurate information about reproductive health care.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June, abortion has been banned in at least eight statesand videos offering home remedies to induce abortions have spread across YouTube, TikTok and social media platforms. Experts have urged caution, saying these methods can be dangerous and there is no data to show whether they work. A 2020 survey published in the JAMA Network Open journal estimated that 7% of American women would attempt a self-directed abortion at some point in their lives.