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The Republican National Committee unveiled a new ad Thursday highlighting the “multitude of crises” faced by Americans as Democrats prep for a prime-time show trial over a roughly three-hour riot from 18 months ago.

The ad begins with the horrifying footage of chaotic scenes at the Kabul airport when scores of desperate Afghans chased American airplanes on the tarmac amid the U.S. withdrawal last summer.

“You cannot defend the execution here, this has been a disaster,” says an unnamed voice in the background who is former Obama Adviser David Axelrod.

The ad continues with emphasis on the border crisis, high inflation, baby formula shortages, soaring gas prices, and a new crime wave all while Democrats schedule prime-time hearings on the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

“Pelosi’s committee is partisan and illegitimate,” RNC Communications Director Danielle Alvarez told The Federalist, in a point of frustration over the probe operating absent of Republican appointments for the first time in House history.

“Instead of investigating the radical who placed a pipe bomb outside the RNC’s headquarters on January 6, tonight’s hearing is nothing more than political theater,” Alvarez added. “Americans want Congress to focus on the most pressing crises created by Biden and Democrats — record gas prices, the worst inflation in 40 years, empty shelves, and rising crime — not conduct a political circus in prime time.”

Last week, Gallup revealed that Americans’ confidence in the economy is at its lowest point since 2009 while the public copes with inflation at its fastest pace in four decades and rapidly rising gas prices at the same time. On Thursday, soaring gas prices reached a new record and will soon eclipse a nationwide average of $5 per gallon in the coming days if not Friday.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans, meanwhile, disapprove of Congress’ job performance in its highest disapproval since 2016, according to a Monmouth University poll from May. More than 2 in 5 Americans, or 44 percent, believe “too much is being made” of the Capitol riot and that “it’s time to move on,” in another survey from Quinnipiac out in January.

In March, Democrats on the House’s sham Jan. 6 Committee desperate to change the narrative ahead of an already hostile election cycle to the president’s party conceded to The Washington Post their work was all about the midterms.

“They hope their recommendations to prevent another insurrection will be adopted, but also that their work will repel voters from Republicans who they say helped propel the attack,” the Post reported.

To spearhead the dramatic production of Thursday’s Capitol Hill soap opera, the Select Committee recruited former ABC News President James Goldston.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.