A new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos has found that approximately half of Republicans believe the January 6 US Capitol riot was mostly a non-violent protest, and 60% believe the election was “stolen” from Donald Trump.
While the US Capitol riot left five dead, including one officer, and numerous others injured, around half of Republicans believe it was a mostly peaceful protest, and partly the fault of left-wing activists who got involved to “make Trump look bad,” according to the new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos.
In the wake of the riot, authorities have arrested numerous participants, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for “inciting an insurrection” (an effort that failed in the Senate), and the former president was booted from major social media platforms for spreading allegations about the presidential election being rigged in Joe Biden’s favor.
Trump’s own role and responsibility in the day’s proceedings (he spoke to a crowd of supporters in DC hours before the riot and said they must “fight like hell”) has also split Americans based on their political affiliations, according to the poll.
While 59% of Americans overall see the former president as “bearing some responsibility,” only three in 10 Republicans believe this to be true. Among Democrats, eight in 10 see him as partly responsible, while six out of 10 Independents believe the same.
Some Republican lawmakers, like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have floated the theory that left-wing protesters were involved in the riot, while Trump has blasted federal authorities for “persecuting” many protesters who posed “zero threat.”
“Some of them went in and they’re, they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out,” he recently told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. He did acknowledge, however, that they “shouldn’t have” entered the Capitol as lawmakers were working to certify election results disputed by him.
Reuters/Ipsos’ New Poll Looks At Capitol Hill Riot
While hundreds of Americans who participated in the Capitol Hill Riot have since been identified and arrested for their participation in the events of January 6.
America is still waiting for a similar Federal investigation into the Black Lives Matter organization’s involvement in the months-long BLM/ANTIFA rioting, looting, and arson ‘peaceful protests‘ that took place in 2020.
Was the 2020 Election Stolen From Trump / How Many Want To See #Trump2024?
While 60% of Republicans see the election as being “stolen” from Trump, 60% of Americans overall believe Biden was the legitimate winner, according to the poll.
Trump remains a popular figure among his base (he scored the most votes of any incumbent president in the last election), as eight out of 10 still hold a favorable view of him, and over half want to see him run for president again in 2024.
Responding To The New Poll, Democrats and Media Tweet Their Lack Of Self-Awareness
How though? How do half of Republicans think that is was non-violent? And why do they still believe Trump? What alternate reality are they living in?
— Malynda Hale (@MalyndaHale) April 5, 2021
Leftists who want to memory hole last summer’s political violence lecture me that the 2020 protests were mostly peaceful. 570 leftist protests became riots. 25 dead. 700 officers injured. Braying about “peaceful protests” offers no comfort to those victims.https://t.co/3hzTLZLjfd
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) March 16, 2021
By CNN’s own editorial standards it was extremely peaceful pic.twitter.com/DoW0qiv4av
— Brother Seamus (@WaynePelota) April 5, 2021