Who did what, where? Relationship maps make it easier to understand what’s going on.
“Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, offered new details during June 28 testimony before the House Jan. 6 committee about what former President Donald Trump and Meadows knew in the days before the attack and how they responded while it was underway, including a first-hand account of the president’s frustration and an attack on security detail who told him they could not secure a trip to the Capitol amid the unfolding violence by rioters.” – PBS
This White House Activity Around Jan 6th relationship map was created with the free Kumu app in about a day. It includes information from many sources including text, images, videos, tweets and maps. it uses the floor plan of the White House as a backdrop to show the location of individuals. Some of the images represent meetings that took place at the White House about Jan 6th and are not the individuals’ actual offices. Other events took place externally such as at the Willard Hotel and in the Presidential motorcade.
What happened at the White House?
Why are relationship maps valuable?
We all deal with a lot of information spread across TV, tweets, newspapers and online. How do you cope stay abreast of things with limited time and energy? Relationship maps help connect the dots visually and provide links to more information. You can get a sense of where people were. Put a face to name and see how they were involved. Who they interacting with.
Relationship maps are not a comprehensive source of all the information on a topic, but they organize information into a form that’s easy to grasp and share with others. Kumu relationship maps can be viewed from a phone, tablet or laptop and automatically adjust to the size of the screen.
You can skim through information or search for a term or an individual. Clicking on a person reveals more details. For instance in this example when you click on Mick Mulvaney it show his tweet and how his family members were involved in organizing the Jan 6th rally.
Click on Ron Johnson and you see a video of him trying to dodge reporters and the texts that his staff was having with the Vice President’s staff.
Relationship maps are stored online, and can be updated with new information as it becomes available.
The choice in front of us
“At the Reagan Presidential Library, Liz Cheney warned: “[W]e are confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before—and that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic, and he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man.”
“Donald Trump attempted to overturn the presidential election. He attempted to stay in office and to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power. He summoned a mob to Washington, He knew they were armed on January 6th. He knew they were angry. And he directed the violent mob to march on the Capitol in order to delay or prevent completely the counting of electoral votes. He attempted to go there with them. And when the violence was underway, he refused to take action to tell the rioters to leave. Instead, he incited further violence by tweeting that the vice president, Mike Pence, was a coward. He said ‘Mike deserves it,’ and he didn’t want to do anything in response to the ‘Hang Mike Pence’ chants. It’s undeniable. It’s also painful for Republicans to accept.”
She concluded: “The reality that we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose because Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution.” – Letters from an American
TakeAway: Make it easier for people to understand the scheme to overthrow democracy in America and the people involved with a relationship map.
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