Reuters reports that after the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies persisted in spreading false and misleading views to downplay the bloody event that claimed five lives and claimed many lives. His supporters seem to have listened to these views.
Three months after Trump’s pro-Capitol mob stormed the November election, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest, or the work of left-wing activists who “tried to make Trump look bad.” In a new survey report.
Six out of 10 Republicans also believe Trump’s false statement that the November presidential election was “stolen” by widespread electoral fraud. Republicans in the same proportion believe he should vote again in 2024, according to a March 20-31 poll.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump said the rioters posed a “zero threat.” Other prominent Republicans, such as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, have publicly questioned whether Trump supporters backed the unrest.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll shows that this myth is shared by a large number of ordinary Republicans. At a time when 59 percent of Americans believe Trump owes some responsibility for the attack, only 3 out of 10 Republicans agree with that view. Eight out of 10 Democrats and six out of 10 independents reject false claims that the siege of the Capitol was “largely peaceful” or that it was staged by left-wing protesters.
Vanderbilt University public opinion expert John Gere said: “Republicans have their own version of reality, this is a huge problem. “Democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires proof.”
Observers say the disobedience campaign and the disinformation campaign aimed at downplaying Trump’s role in it reflect a common view within the Republican Party that its success is linked to Trump and his loyal followers.
According to a Reuters / Ipsos poll, Trump remains the most popular figure in the party. 8 out of 10 Republicans have a positive view of it.
Only three out of 10 independents said they had a positive view of Trump, one of the lowest levels since his presidency. However, a majority of Americans, 60 percent, believe that Biden won the November election fairly and said that Trump should no longer vote.
The survey was conducted online in English across the United States. The responses of 1005 adult respondents were collected on March 30-31, and its margin of error is approximately 4 percent.