That Holman Jenkins Jr.is a clown and lying buffoon is self-evident as soon as one reads even a half dozen of his WSJ columns. One commonality I've found is that he attempts to get readers to think or believe that events or incidents they've seen didn't really happen the way perceived. For example, when Trump idiotically asked his then Covid team about the possibility of "injecting bleach". According to Jenkins in one of his more egregious columns ('Disinfecting Journalistic Ethics', WSJ, May 6, p. A13):
"It was a reporter in the audience who asked an accompanying official, 'The President mentioned the idea of cleaners, like bleach and isopropyl alcohol. There's no scenario then that that could be injected into a person is there?"
In response to which I pointed out (May 6, 2020) Trump's own words from multiple media accounts, as well as actual clips, e.g.
"We can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?"
Did Trump really say it? Of course he did as it exists in this universe, in objective reality. Check out Preznit Quack's words in this video for yourself:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9kWsUwTcj8
How many different ways can that be interpreted anyway? Is a "reporter" asking a leading question or is Trump popping off on his own? But see, Jenkins is depending on readers not to check out his words and claims. Rather he's confident they'll be too lazy to investigate. That way he gets to blab whatever the hell he wants and tease reality into what he wants it to be. In the most recent example (WSJ, January 9, p A13) he writes:
"There's just so many facts in this indictment about the coordination of the Trump campaign with Wikileaks, through Roger Stone. Remember that GRU indictment - if you go back to that- one of the objects of the conspiracy is not just hacking but hacking and disseminating. You can't look at them alone, you have to go back to everything we know, the Trump Tower meeting, the calling out by Trump to Russia (to grab Hillary's emails)...there's just so many other things."
Let's recall here it was Trump's hired Toady Bill Barr who spewed out the claptrap that Mueller's report had basically exonerated Trump. But if one reads Volume 1, the evidence is clear this is total misdirection and propaganda.
Mueller also - if you read part one of his report- makes it clear Trump was involved in this conspiracy. As Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe elegantly summed it up:
The report, in the words of one Bloomberg analyst: "leaves no doubt that an extensive network of Russian operatives with intelligence ties worked with Trump's operatives to torpedo Hillary Clinton's campaign four years ago."
The mob of yahoos and cretins that broke into the United States capitol this week was not a spontaneous act of violence. Quite the contrary, it was a carefully planned criminal uprising designed to terrorize congress and prevent the election of president-elect Joe Biden.
It was clear orders had been given to the local security forces to largely disarm but accommodate the rioters, and allow them into the capitol buildings. By whom? Clearly by President Trump or his minions. There will probably be no written record. Trump, who grew up rubbing shoulders with gangsters and union thugs, certainly had learned the lesson taught by the late criminal lawyer Roy Cohen to always skirt the law and never leave a clear trail.