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Presidential historian says Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’ should also be seen as criminal conduct

Today, we talk with experts and the general public about what they think of the information discovered and presented at day eight of the Jan. 6 hearings.




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In day eight of the January 6th hearing, the committee made the case that President Trump's refusal to intervene in the Capitol Riot was a "dereliction of his duty".

Many also say evidence shows that Trump wanted to threaten constitutional order — that he was "Executive Producer" of the insurrection. He called rioters to Washington by using war rhetoric to get them to attack the Capitol while he sat back to watch and enjoy it.

But the committee seems to have put together a wise strategy of using witnesses who are primarily life-long republicans. Not only are they appalled by Trump's actions, they are brave enough to speak the truth — risking their lives, their family, safety, and livelihood.

Is it time for us to re-examine what we expect from our elected officials? Years from now, how will history look back at this moment in time?

Our panel of experts are here to break down the latest details.


Jennifer Mercieca

  • Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University
  • Author of "Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump"

Mike Purdy

  • Presidential Historian
  • Author of "Presidential Friendships: How They Changed History".

Timothy Naftali

  • Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service at NYU

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