A new poll found that most Republicans believe “left-wing protesters” bear responsibility for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Only 23% blame the former president himself and 52% claim he is “not at all” to blame. A total of 73% of Republicans say “left-wing protesters” hold “some” or “a great deal” of responsibility for the insurrection.
The majority of Democrats, on the other hand, place blame on Trump supporters, Trump himself, and Republicans who believe the election was stolen.
A new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday discovered 55% of respondents say the insurrection was an “attack on democracy that should never be forgotten.”
According to 39% of respondents, “too much is being made of” the riot, and it’s “time to move on.”
A few Republican lawmakers have also suggested the insurrection was not as bad as it seems.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) said during a hearing on the preparation and response to the violence on Jan. 6 earlier this month, “Let’s be honest with the American people, it was not an insurrection. And we cannot call it that and be truthful.”
He added, “You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested on the House floor earlier this month, “there have been things worse than people without any firearms coming into a building.”
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