Trump is hate-watching every Jan. 6 hearing and almost screams at the TV because he feels nobody is defending him, report says
Then-President Donald Trump (R) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L), leader of the White House minorities, on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Trump is eagerly and furiously watching the Jan. 6 hearings, the Washington Post reported.
The outlet said Trump feels the GOP is doing too little to defend him.
He is said to particularly blame the GOP leaders who have sidelined themselves by boycotting the committee.
Former President Donald Trump hatefully watches the Jan. 6 committee hearings, according to The Washington Post, indignant because he believes no one is defending him.
Trump is "about to yell at the TV" when he tunes in to every hearing, an unnamed close adviser to the newspaper said.
Another in his circle, also unnamed, told the newspaper that Trump constantly complained at the hearings, which have attracted tremendous media coverage, that "there is no one to defend me."
Trump's advisers also spoke of frustration at not having visibility into the panel's processes and not knowing in advance what's coming.
There are two Republicans on the panel -- Rep. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger -- but both represent the party's anti-Trump wing and have openly criticized it.
According to The Post, Trump's anger is centered on House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who boycotted the committee when it was formed and missed the chance to add pro-Trump figures to the panel.
Trump also made that argument publicly this week, calling it a mistake, though he didn't directly attack McCarthy for it.
In recent days, McCarthy has encouraged Republicans not to talk about the committee at all, the Post reported.
He has adopted the tactic of deflecting questions about the committee's findings and trying to shift the topic to high inflation and record gas prices, which the GOP is accusing President Joe Biden of.
McCarthy's approach is very different from Trump's, who wants a vocal counterattack. On June 16, he challenged a television platform to make his own claims about the election long after they had been disproved.
He wrote on his social media network Truth Social: "I hereby demand SAME TIME to Spell the Massive Voter Fraud & Dem Security Breach!"
Trump is known as an avid viewer of television news, looking for signals on how his press conferences and speeches are being perceived. During his presidency, he is said to have watched television for around seven hours a day, spending all his mornings on it.
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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