Today marks the one year anniversary of the massive pro-Trump, anti-voter fraud rally followed by the U.S. Capitol riots in Washington, DC.
Half say the riots represented a threat to American democracy; 41% say it did not.
That's according to a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters surveyed December 27 and 28.
The polling also noted that most Democrats say the riots were part of a conspiracy movement involving Republican officials.
The only homicide during the rioting, according to authorities, was the death of an unarmed white woman woman named Ashli Babbitt. She was shot and killed by a black U.S. Capitol police lieutenant whose name was kept hidden from the public for months during a non-public investigation, after which he was cleared of wrongdoing.
To see the survey question wording, click here.
Mike lynch says
What happened to'" Insurrection"?eason for the million person march 1/6 was THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN!!!!the proof in insurmountabe in Aizona ans emerging in Georgia as we speak. Please Sharyl , remind America the demonstration was because THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN.
All I know is that the people vandalizing and breaking into the Capitol that day were idiots who helped no one and nothing and are now political pawns to be used by the Democrats. It’s definitely an example of how not to change things for the better.
On the other hand, are Dems boxing themselves into a corner today by using Jan 6 to strongly declare how much they value law and order and the Constitution to which they’ve shown no real loyalty? They would toss it all in a second if it benefitted Democrats.
Michael Petersen says
People fail to grasp that the dems have the process down, they crate a narrative control it thier media types promote it relentlessly then they take polls and say see we were right all along. Media has prodiced virtually nothing but claims of insurrecttion trials have been delayed particpant charged in solitary confinement to silence them anybody get it yet ?
Why are the Dems stopping anyone from seeing all the tapes which were made on 1/6? Why have lawyers for the 1/6th citizens discovered that there were 6 federal officials egging on the Trump supporters and even giving them weapons? Why are there hundreds of Trump supporters being held in solitary confinement for over a year, withholding medicine, and not allowing them legal representation. This is something that governments such as China does to its citizens.
Remember that the Dems. use the Saul Alinsky tactic to "never let a crisis go to waste."
Stephen Triesch says
Until charges are filed against Ray Epps, Stewart Rhodes, and several other men who were taking a leadership role in the storming of the Capitol, I will assume that they were federal provocateurs and that the whole thing was deliberately triggered to smear Trump and his supporters. Trump and the vast majority of his supporters watched in anger as the left (including the MSM) condoned BLM's summer of rioting in 2020 and were therefore not predisposed to act in the same lawless manner. The best explanation of January 6th is that federal provocateurs manipulated some fringe members of the Trump movement into storming the Capital in order to create the very narrative that the left has exploited ever since.
Once the perimeter was breached by a few dozen hotheads spurred into action by the feds, Capitol police waved hundreds of peaceful Trump supporters into the Capitol, creating the impression of a massive mob and inflating the number of arrests. Meanwhile, the DOJ was dropping charges against dozens of BLM rioters guilty of similar or worse crimes.
Other reasons for suspicion are the leading role that federal informants and infiltrators played in the Whitmer kidnap plot just months earlier, as well as the FBI's long history of such shenanigans, including their efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and subvert the Trump administration once he was in office. The FBI gives the appearance of being a rogue, criminal organization that may be beyond reform.
There was something obscene about Merrick Garland's claim yesterday that no stone will be left unturned in order to charge as many as possible, even non-attendees, for the events of January 6th even as obvious ringleaders - people captured on film - remain free. Garland is a liar.
Democracy Needs To Be Threatened & Eliminated.
The Founding Father's created a Constitutional Republic and a Nation of Laws.
The Founders viewed a democracy as something akin to a "mobocracy". The ancient Greeks would have used the term 'Ochlocracy' or Rule by a Mob.
The Separation of Powers, Division of Powers (Federalism), and Checks & Balances are examples of some of the major 'speed bumps' to prevent an authoritarian government. The Electoral College is one of those speed bumps remaining and it is slated for removal by the Left. Changing to the direct election of Senators removed a minor speed bump.
Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion, and Freedom of Association are part of those bumps and are under attack. These are collectively placed under freedom of thought
January 6 was the last major public power grab by the Left, mainly Democrats.
Just because, I will use late 2015 as the beginning of the operation that led to Jan 6. That is when the Deep State, 0bama, DOJ and many others began their operation against Candidate Trump, it continued through his Presidency and now that he is former President Trump.
I do not recall the last time that the Republicans engaged in violence, violence emanates from the Left. President Trump had everything to gain my the Certification of the Vote on Jan 6, 2021. Is this a mere formality or can circumstances arise to the level they Do Not have to Certify. I say they can Refuse to Certify. I believe the Election of 1876 provides the basis for my claim.
The Democrats have to slow the momentum of the Certification Process. A fair number of Republicans were in favor of not certifying the vote.
Can the Democrats hope that the Republicans will cause a riot, something that has not happened in recent memory, so they can halt the Certification, Or do the Democrats hedge their bets and set up a situation for violence? I say they lay the ground work for a riot.
Looking at the so-called kidnapping of Governor Whitmer says they set up something. 14 men were members of the plot. 5 of those 14 were FBI, Special Agents, Operatives, and Informants. Of those 14, 5 were in leadership roles, 3 of those 5 were FBI.
If anyone has questions, please ask.
This post confuses me. The claim is that Trump wanted the election to be certified (“President Trump had everything to gain by the Certification of the Vote”). So why did he then and practically every day since then argue not to certify it? Why did Eastman and Flynn and Navarro, etc. spend so much time crafting plans to stop the certification? What possible reason would Democrats “have to slow the momentum of the Certification Process”? They won. It doesn’t make any sense.
“I do not recall the last time that the Republicans engaged in violence”. Well, I do – it was January 6.
You reference the “so-called kidnapping of Governor Whitmer”. No one has said that there was an actual kidnapping of Whitmer. The charges are that there was a plot to kidnap her. How that morphs into making it “so-called” is beyond me. But I am content to let the story play out in court, and we’ll see after the trial is over.
The charge that there were FBI informants in the Whitmer kidnapping group may very well be true. And if those informants agitated for the kidnapping perhaps those charged have a good case for entrapment by law enforcement. But we’re kind of jumping the gun to reach that conclusion based on what is known now. Of course those accused might very well claim that they were coerced – they probably don’t have a much better legal strategy. But I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in a criminal defendant saying that they are innocent. That’s not exactly an uncommon thing.