Monday, March 15, 2021

Impeachment Over, But Trump Still Burden for Republican Party

Although some Republican leadership is trying to get distance from Donald Trump, witness the votes of Senators Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse and Tommey, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s excoriating criticism of Trump’s behavior as being “practically and morally responsible for the riot,” the Republican rank and file still cling to Trump’s and the far-right wing conspiracy theories of what happened.

In a recent survey reported in the Washington Post, 66 percent of Republicans believe Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election was not legitimate and only 15 percent believe Trump was responsible for the riot, 50 percent believe Antifa “was mostly responsible for the violence” and 29 percent believe QAnon’s premise that Trump had been secretly fighting a group of child sex traffickers, including prominent Democratic and Hollywood elites.

See: After the ballots are counted: Conspiracies, political violence, and American exceptionalism

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