About half of Republicans still do not accept the confirmed fact that Conservative protesters, supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. This comes from a poll published on Monday.
Overall, 61 percent of Americans think Mr. Trump “was at least partially responsible for the start of the deadly January 6th uprising” – but only 28 percent of Republicans agreed with this statement a new Reuters / Ipsos poll.
And 55 percent of Republicans believe the uprising was sparked by “violent left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad”. The F.B.I. said there is no evidence to support these claims.
In addition, six in ten Republicans also believe Mr Trump’s false claim that the presidential election was “stolen” from him because of widespread electoral fraud – while around 80 percent in the party want him to run again in 2024.
But only three in ten Independent, swing voters who influence the results of many close races had a positive view of Trump, while 60 percent don’t want Mr. Trump to run again. (The survey had an error rate of approximately 4 percentage points.)
The survey, conducted online last week, with responses from 1,005 adults across the country, is a vivid example of the effectiveness of misinformation efforts, as confirmed by right-wing social media.
Investigators, news agencies, and congressional committees have shown, with extensive and distinctive visual, audio, and documentary evidence, that the rioters who stormed the Capitol were supporters of Mr. Trump. They sang pro-Trump slogans, tried to find lawmakers they considered hostile to the former president, and were in part organized by far-right groups, including the Proud Boys.
Mr Trump downplayed his role in inciting the attack, recently telling Fox News that the rioters were posing “No threat” Despite law enforcement agencies reporting at least 138 officers injuries – 73 from the Capitol Police and 65 from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. A Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, was killed.
Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, have complained about the security chain around the complex, arguing that it is unnecessarily restrictive while others have bragged about bypassing magnetometers installed outside the house chamber.
However, the dangers remain. On Friday, a man rammed into a security checkpoint near the Capitol, killing one officer and seriously injuring another. The man was shot after jumping out of his car and rushing at the officers with a knife.