Anti-Trump evidence backfires

US political observers believe at least some of the so-called “bombshell” testimony by a senior White House aide to the Congressional committee examining the 6 January 2021 Capitol insurrection may have backfired.

Cassidy Hutchinson made a series of sensational claims about the behaviour of Donald Trump in the dying days of his administration while he was trying to overturn the November 2020 election outcome and secure a second term.

Among the evidence Ms Hutchinson, formerly deputy to Trump’s chief of staff, gave to the 6 January committee was her recollections of the aftermath of an incident in which Trump threw a plate of food against a wall in anger at his Attorney-General William Barr’s public statements confirming the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election win.

Her colourful testimony described the smashed crockery on the floor of a West Wing dining room and ketchup (tomato sauce) running down the wall.

But sources within the Congressional committee have admitted they are concerned at reports they have received from across the US of hardcore Trump supporters seeking to replicate the scene in their own homes.

“We’ve been receiving information about people in Make America Great Again hats walking into interior decor stores or homeware outlets asking how they too can achieve the ‘Trump ketchup’ look in their own lounge or dining rooms,” the source said.

“They seem to have ignored the serious implications and the deeper meaning of the incident concerned but instead see it as more of Trump’s behaviour that they should be copying.”

Ray Sissed, a 29-year-old gun shop salesman, (main picture) said he was proud to have the latest “must-have” interior decor feature in his own home in the small town of Flatearth in the state of Alabama.

“Yes sir, I’m a proud boy,” Mr Sissed said. “I respect and support our President – Donald Trump – who had the election stolen by Joe Biden.”

He said everyone who had visited his home had remarked positively about the “Trump ketchup” look he had achieved in his lounge room.

“They just love it, especially since that woman told them Congress people about it,” Mr Sissed said.

“I guess I’m what I’ve heard called an ‘early adopter’ of popular trends since I’ve had the ketchup look for some years, and in pretty much every room in my house.”