James Oliphant and Chris Kahn
Washington (Reuters)-Since the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have downplayed false and misleading statements that caused 5 deaths and dozens of others The incident of injury. His supporters seem to have listened.
Three months after a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow his November election failure, about half of Republicans believed that the siege was mainly a non-violent protest or a manual “attempt to make a special” by left-wing activists. Lampe looks terrible”
Six, 10 Republicans also believe that the launch by Trump was “stolen” in the November presidential election, from when he due to widespread voter fraud and the same percentage of the Republicans believed that he should run again in March 2024 Opinion polls from the 30th to the 31st showed that.
Since the Capitol attack, Trump, many of his allies in the Republican Party, and right-wing media figures have publicly portrayed photos of the day’s events, contrary to reality.
Hundreds of Trump supporters were mobilized because of the former president’s false claims about the stolen election, and they climbed the walls of the Capitol as members of Congress voted internally to prove President Joe Biden’s election victory. , Smashed the window to enter. The rioters-many of them wearing Trump campaign gear and waving flags-also include known groups of white supremacists, such as the Pride Boys.
Trump said in a recent interview with Fox News that the rioters constituted a “zero threat.” Other well-known Republicans, such as Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, have publicly doubted whether Trump’s supporters were behind the riot.
Last month, 12 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against a resolution commending congressional police officers who defended in the riots. One congressman expressed his opposition to using the term “uprising” to describe the incident.
Reuters/Ipsos polls show that a large number of ordinary Republicans have accepted this myth. Although 59% of Americans said Trump should take some responsibility for the attack, only three in ten Republicans agreed. Eight out of ten Democrats and six out of ten independents refused to admit that the siege of the Capitol was “mainly peaceful” or a false claim initiated by left-wing demonstrators.
John Geer, a public opinion expert at Vanderbilt University, said: “Republicans have their own version of reality. “This is a huge problem. Democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires evidence. ”
Susan Corke, head of intelligence programs at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said Trump and prominent Republicans refused to reject the January 6 incident, which added to the recurrence. The possibility of similar incidents.
“This is the biggest danger-regulating this kind of behavior,” Cork said. “I do think we will see more violence.”
Since January 6, the U.S. Capitol has faced security threats, which reminds people once again that a motorist hit a car on the U.S. Capitol Police on Friday, brandished a knife, and killed an officer. It wounded another police officer and forced the capitol building to be locked. The officer shot and killed the suspect.
Allie Carroll, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, said its members condemned the attack on the Capitol and referred to Chairman Ronna McDaniel’s January 13 statement. McDaniel said: “Violence has no place in our politics. Those involved in the attack on the U.S. Capitol and those who continue to threaten violence should be discovered, held accountable and fully prosecuted by law.”
Trump’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.
“Dangerous Reality Spin”
Political observers say that the false propaganda campaign aimed at downplaying the uprising and Trump’s in it reflects a growing consensus within the Republican Party that its destiny is still tied to Trump and his loyal base.
According to the new Reuters/Ipsos survey, Trump is still the most popular figure in the party, and eight in ten Republicans continue to leave a good impression on him.
Tim Miller, a former spokesperson for the Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, said: “The Republicans in Congress have assessed that they need to maximize Trump’s vote to win.” “That is. Back to the path of the majority.”
Republicans in Congress showed little sign of breaking with Trump. After the deadly siege of the Capitol, 147 Republican lawmakers voted against it, proving Biden’s victory in the election. The Democratic-led House of Representatives condemned Trump for “inciting rebellion,” making him the only US president to be impeached twice, but most Senate Republicans declared him innocent in the trial.
Last week, Republican House Representative Jim Banks of Indiana stated that the party must cater to the working-class voters who form the foundation of Trump’s politics before next year’s decisive mid-term congressional elections.
Banks wrote in a memo to Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican House of Representatives: “It is wrong for those who want to replace working-class voters because they oppose the influence of President Trump.”
Banks was one of 147 lawmakers who voted against Biden’s victory. He later voted against Trump’s impeachment. The bank did not respond to a request for comment.
Some mainstream Republicans have argued that after Republicans lose control of the White House and both houses of Congress under Trump’s supervision, the party must move on from the former president to attract suburban, moderate and independent voters.
In the latest Reuters/Ipsos survey, only three-tenths of independents said they have a favorable attitude towards Trump, which is the lowest level since he became president. Most Americans (about 60%) also believe that Biden won the November election and said Trump should not run again.
One of Trump’s top Republican critics in Congress, Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, criticized efforts to rewrite the history of the Capitol attack.
Jin Zangge wrote in a fundraising appeal to supporters last month that this disinformation effort “is such a dangerous and disgusting spin on reality, and, to make matters worse, many people in the Republican Party have responded to this. No challenge.”
Miller said that the window for the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump seems to have passed.
He said: “After January 6, Republican leaders have the opportunity to really put down their footsteps and say:’We can’t be an insurgent party.’ “Now, this opportunity has completely disappeared. ”
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. Between March 30 and 31, it collected responses from 1,005 adults. The confidence interval (ie accuracy) of this poll is about 4 percentage points.
(Edited by Soyoung Kim and Alistair Bell)