1 in 5 Republicans Think Jan. 6 Attack was 'Justified'


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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   calebhowe (Mediaite)

1 in 5 Republicans Think Jan. 6 Attack was 'Justified'
Not only do one in five find it justified, the numbers have doubled since January. A sign that the riot's image is being rehabilitated at least among Republicans.

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By Caleb HoweMay 29th, 2021, 5:51 pm Capitol-Riot-Getty-1230457837.jpg

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A new Yahoo/YouGov poll out this week reveals that about 20% of Republican respondents feel that the breach of the U.S. Capitol was on January 6 by supporters of former President Donald Trump was a "justified" act. About as many were "not sure" whether or not it was justified.

The numbers represent a trend, when compared to the same question asked just a few weeks after the attack, a possible insight into the progress of messaging.

The poll, released this week, already caught some attention over the fact that over 70% of Republicans put "some" or "a great deal" of responsibility for the attack on "left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad", and only 41% said the supporters who carried out the attack bore the blame.

But the question of justification is perhaps an even more telling metric. Beyond merely "who started it" of the day of the violence and mayhem, it ascertains the sentiment behind undertaking that invasion as a reasonable and just cause. And in the case of the Republican respondents, the result was startling.


That's 21% of Republicans, on the question of whether it was justified or not justified, or whether they aren't sure, choosing the answer that the storming of the Capitol was "justified."

In total, 65% of respondents said it wasn't, which is a change from a few weeks after the event, when 80% of respondents said the attack was "not justified."


In that January survey, only 12% of Republicans called the capitol attack justified. So the number has almost doubled since that point, putting some perspective on how messaging from the right has been progressing since the time of the attack.

It may also shed some light on the decision by Republicans to block a January 6 commission. Their audience is turning away from sharing national outrage over the assault on our capitol and toward seeing it as a somehow justified action with aggravating leftwing instigation.

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1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Even more disturbing than the Republican figures should be the "independent" responses


between the Republicans and the independents you have 38% of the respondents saying the attack on the Capitol was justified. 

We have a cold civil war underway in this country. 

Bob Nelson
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1.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago
Even more disturbing than the Republican figures should be the "independent" responses

I was going to say the same thing. 

The "casual and comfortable" attitude of America's "independents" and fence-sitters is so very important for the Fascists' success. 

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2  Kavika     2 weeks ago


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3  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Of course they think it was justified.  The head schmuck R with their help orchestrated it.

Hal A. Lujah
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4  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Mike Pence’s own brother was okay with it too.  With family like that, who needs enemies?

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5  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

Seems like the real news here is that 7% of Democrats thought it was justified, and 9% aren't sure. How do we explain that?


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