Like Hutchinson’s boss, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, passively scrolling through his cellphone as Hutchinson and others brought increasingly urgent bulletins of barricades breached and windows smashed.
Does it even need to be said that Donald Trump issued statements on that jackleg social media site of his claiming none of it happened, saying that he hardly knows who Hutchinson is, dubbing her a “whacko”?
Unfortunately for Trump, she didn’t seem the least bit “whacko.”
She just seemed free.
Republicans, wouldn’t you like to be free?
How many years has it been since each of you was your own man or woman, unfettered by the burden of lies, alibis and pretending not to see?
This is, of course, an apropos time to talk about freedom.
Between cookouts and fireworks displays, we are celebrating our Founders, who declared themselves free of Britain 246 years ago.
Which is not to suggest the men who signed our Declaration of Independence were perfect. Far from it.
Most, after all, were traders in human flesh.
But give them this much: They had the courage of their convictions. They had the courage to be free, though they knew the cost might be ruinous.
In answering the call of conscience by signing their names to that revolutionary document, men like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Richard Stockton put at risk their personal liberty, their livelihoods and their lives.
Now conscience calls again.
Indeed, conscience screams.
Yet so many of you, even at this late date, answer with silence. Because to do otherwise — to do the right thing — is to make Trump mad, and heaven knows, you don’t want that.
But when you consider what the founding generation stood to lose in service to this country and what they did anyway, then compare it to what you stand to lose and what you’ve done, well, let’s just say the portrait of you that emerges is not flattering.
Wouldn’t you like to be free?
As Hutchinson’s testimony made vividly, if redundantly, clear, you are led by a monstrous, unstable child.
How can you have greater loyalty to him than to your country? Or to yourselves?
In signing that revolutionary document, those men declared themselves independent — free — from the tyranny of a selfish and oppressive king.
Why won’t you do the same?