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Opinion: Why Trump didn’t want to lift a finger on January 6

Former President Donald Trump did not fiddle while the US Capitol was under siege. Unlike Nero while Rome burned, Trump did not ignore the conflagration, he tended the fire. He threw social media firebombs; he aimed a firehose of rhetorical gasoline at the flames. That’s the inevitable conclusion of Thursday’s prime time hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the Capitol.

Former President Donald Trump did not fiddle while the US Capitol was under siege. Unlike Nero while Rome burned, Trump did not ignore the conflagration, he tended the fire. He threw social media firebombs; he aimed a firehose of rhetorical gasoline at the flames. That’s the inevitable conclusion of Thursday’s prime time hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the Capitol.