Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume suggested that many elected Republicans are secretly hoping that the Jan. 6 House select committee ruins Donald Trump’s probabilities of running for president again in 2024.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is presenting its findings in a series of hearings this month. Within the second hearing on Monday, it laid out evidence that Trump and his inner circle knew his claims of a rigged election were false but pushed them widely anyway, utilizing them to lift thousands and thousands of dollars while looking for to overturn the 2020 election and stay in power.
During evaluation on Monday’s “Special Report,” host Bret Baier asked Hume if the committee was attempting to make a legal or political case against Trump.
“Well, I feel they’re doing each,” Hume said.
“What strikes me about this, Bret, is that in the event that they succeed ― either by damaging him or staining him such that he’s either unable for legal or political reasons to run again ― they may find yourself checking out that they’ve done the Republican Party an incredible service,” he added.
“Because I feel an incredible many Republicans think they’ll’t win with Trump at the pinnacle of the ticket again.
“They’re afraid of his supporters and don’t want to come back out against him directly. But they’d like him to go away. If the effect of this committee is to make his possible candidacy go away, I feel an incredible many Republicans would privately be very glad.”
Hume: In the event that they succeed by staining him such that he’s unable for legal or political reasons to run again, they may discover they’ve done the GOP an incredible service because I feel an incredible variety of Republicans think they’ll’t win with Trump… they’d like him to go away pic.twitter.com/g1JwKtct8w
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 13, 2022
The committee is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans ― Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Sick.), each of whom have loudly criticized Trump in danger to their very own political careers.
Tim Miller, a former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and author for The Bulwark, commented that Hume’s evaluation was pretty near the mark:
Ol’ @brithume is sooooo near getting it! It’s almost as if some Democrats and Never Trumpers are attempting to do the appropriate thing, not plotting how they may best help themselves politically!
A shocking concept for some I’m aware. https://t.co/1RrkBPUCVk
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) June 14, 2022
Hume’s commentary also attracted criticism from conservatives and Fox News viewers. The conservative analyst has been critical of Trump and, in January 2021, said the previous president’s claims of election fraud were “utter balderdash” that likely led to the Capitol riot.