More than half of Republican voters believe the false claim that left-wing protesters staged a riot on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to target then-US President Donald Trump, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll.
The two-day poll, which ended Wednesday, highlights the deep divisions and party lenses through which many Americans view these events.
According to the poll, many Americans who identify as Republicans have diametrically opposed views revealed by the congressional cross-examination and the investigations of the prosecutor’s office. Although 55 percent of Republicans polled believe the riots were sparked by left-wing protesters, almost all of those arrested, 840 so far, are Trump supporters. FBI Director Christopher Ray said there was no evidence that left-wing extremists were impersonating Trump supporters during the attack on Congress.
Nearly six in ten (58%) Republicans also believe the protesters were peaceful and law-abiding, although four people were killed that day and at least 140 police officers were attacked. A Capitol police officer who clashed with the rioters died the next day.
The parliamentary committee that has been investigating the events for a year now intends to present its first conclusions tonight (03.00 Greek time). The Jan. 6 commission has taken testimony from more than 1,000 witnesses, including two of the former president’s children. It also examined 140,000 documents to shed light on Trump’s events and actions before, during and after the riots.
Earlier in the day, the FBI arrested Ryan Kelly, a Republican nominee for governor of Michigan, for his role in the January 6, 2021 riots. in the November elections. He faces charges of misdemeanor, such as illegal entry into a restricted area, disorderly conduct and others.