New Poll Finds People Overwhelmingly Associate Images of the Capitol Riots With the Republican Party
Ever since former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election motivated a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the United States Capitol and undo now-President Joe Biden's victory, Republican elected officials have worked overtime to dismiss the riots' severity or deny altogether that it was prompted by Republican lies.
They've claimed the rioters, who ransacked windows and beat police officers and smeared excrement across the walls, looked like they were participating in a "normal tourist visit." Others have claimed the mob was secretly composed of anti-Trump activists who dressed up in pro-Trump gear to make him look bad—despite him already being defeated in the 2020 election. They've tried to divert attention from the riots and to violent moments in the overwhelmingly peaceful protests against racist police brutality last summer.
Most importantly, Republican members of Congress overwhelmingly voted against a bipartisan commission to investigate the origins of the riots.
But a new report indicates their tactics aren't working.
A recently released Navigator Research survey of 1,001 voters found a strong association of images of the failed insurrection with the Republican party among those surveyed.
According to the report:
"Three in five Americans (61%) associate an image of the Capitol riot with the Republican Party."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 37 percent of Republicans who get their news from the conservative Fox News network associated the images with the Democratic party, despite the sea of Trump flags, caps, and shirts among the rioters.
Here's a full breakdown.
People reacted to the delusions of Republicans associating the riots with the Democratic party.
Majorities Associate the Capitol Riot with the Republican Party, Though Republicans Are More Split .. because they… https://t.co/fs8C7TbFag— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin) 1625075903.0
Only a third of Republicans were willing to associate an image of the Capitol riot with the Republican party. And… https://t.co/cvuLd6qZBI— Brendo RN (@Brendo RN) 1624984143.0
A new Navigator Research survey showed respondents a picture of rioters at the Capitol and asked them which party t… https://t.co/rJdZwB0fAT— Todd Kennedy (@Todd Kennedy) 1625075330.0
But the vast majority seem to be laying the blame at the feet of Republicans—and Donald Trump.
Lindsey Graham: Republicans have to accept the fact that Donald Trump is the most popular person in the party. Me:… https://t.co/jptdxJWiI3— Deacon Blues (@Deacon Blues) 1620764093.0
I am so tired of people (Republicans) acting like the Trump riot at the Capitol was no big deal. It is a stain on t… https://t.co/EEgohWdUcI— IrishMac (@IrishMac) 1618363854.0
Trump's ultimate legacy may well be an armed insurrection from his gullable maga mob who are stupid enough to belie… https://t.co/imnLJs1HIs— slapshotcatcher (@slapshotcatcher) 1625258883.0
After a deadly insurrection at our nation’s Capitol incited by the President of the United States and some Republic… https://t.co/4vIfPCQOFi— Sean Eldridge (@Sean Eldridge) 1625060547.0
Others are still gripped by delusion.
Only in America can the person responsible for security of Congress fail like Pelosi did and somehow it ends up bri… https://t.co/lI370XTXod— John Simon (@John Simon) 1625103010.0
@cornellbelcher Dumb much? It’s you liberals that believe Republicans are responsible for the Capitol riot- they’r… https://t.co/ThLSVkaKqd— AreYouKiddingMe (@AreYouKiddingMe) 1625095013.0
The Democratic House of Representatives voted to establish a select House committee on the riots, after the bill for a bipartisan commission failed.