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What Ordinary Republicans Think About January 6
By Donna
June 19, 2022 7:30 pm
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Insightful commentary. Some excerpts:

Here’s one thing I understand—one thing that’s directly relevant to the prime-time hearings about January 6: Rank-and-file Republicans are shockingly ignorant of Trump’s misdeeds. It is simply not the case that they understand everything that Trump has done and support him anyway. They have far, far more knowledge of Democratic misconduct and media malfeasance than they have of anything Trump has done...

[T]he “perception gap” between belief and reality is a bipartisan phenomenon. In 2020 the group Beyond Conflict released a study called “America’s Divided Mind,” which studied what Americans think about each other. Here’s a key finding:

Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans substantially exaggerate the extent to which members of the other party dehumanize, dislike, and disagree with them—creating a significant divide between perception and reality.

This finding supplements and complements the findings of the group More in Common’s 2019 report on Americans’ mistaken views of each other:

Overall, Democrats and Republicans imagine almost twice as many of their political opponents as reality hold views they consider “extreme”. Even on the most controversial issues in our national debates, Americans are less divided than most of us think....

Let’s put this all together and apply it to ordinary Republican views of January 6. First, they’re going to know a lot less about the Trump team’s misconduct than you might think. Mention the John Eastman memos that urged Vice President Pence to reject Joe Biden’s electoral-vote majority, and many will shake their heads. Never heard of it.

Bring up Trump’s infamous phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and they’re mystified. They simply don’t know that the president threatened Georgia’s top election official with criminal prosecution and demanded that he “find” the votes necessary to change the outcome of the state’s presidential election.

I could go on and on. They don’t know about Trump’s effort to create a slate of shadow electors. They don’t know anything about Steve Bannon’s “Operation Green Bay Sweep,” the plan he developed with Peter Navarro to leverage the objections of more than 100 GOP members of Congress to delay election certification...

This perception gap is precisely why Fox News’s decision not to carry the January 6 hearings live is so pernicious. It relegated the coverage to Fox Business, a network that has a fraction of the prime-time viewers. This means that the community of Americans who most need to learn the facts about January 6 will once again be protected from the truth.

But it’s worse than that. Through the mockery and spin of the prime-time Fox voices they trust, they’ll become even more immune to legitimate concerns about threats to the American republic, and they’ll remain open to the idea that Donald Trump should once again occupy the Oval Office.

I share these realities not to excuse ordinary Republicans, but to help us understand what they know and how they think.


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Comments on "What Ordinary Republicans Think About January 6":

  1. by oldedude on June 19, 2022 9:28 pm
    Written by one of the worst sheeple rag...

    The reason the Right doesn't care is that we saw this circus twice before. Simply put. Little nancy wants to do this, it will cost her in '22. We'll put her out of business, and put pedo joe on the blocks for sexually assaulting his daughter (as she said). I think that's much more worthwhile.

    Had this not been done by two kangaroo courts that couldn't do what they did in Iran, people might take it with a grain of salt. Sheep make their lives out of being miserable. Even retired and on fixed income, I have more to worry about than this. Just think- Trump 2.0. Who will it be???????


  2. by Donna on June 19, 2022 9:35 pm
    Really? That's all you've got. ad-homs and criticizing a bi-partisan committee that excluded guys who didn't even want there to be an investigation?


  3. by Ponderer on June 19, 2022 9:41 pm

    "The reason the Right doesn't care is that we [...]" -od

    "[...are only ever concerned about the crimes or imaginary crimes of our enemies. What possible good could it ever do us to acknowledge and condemn the blatantly obvious and egregiously immoral crimes that our Glorious Leader committed right in front of our sycophantic, willfully ignorant eyes? You can't expect us to do anything that will ever directly hurt us, just because it's the right and patriotic American thing to do, now can you? Be serious!]"


  4. by HatetheSwamp on June 20, 2022 3:37 am

    Really? That's all you've got. ad-homs and criticizing a bi-partisan committee...

    Bipartisan. Bahahahahahahahahahaha!


  5. by oldedude on June 20, 2022 7:52 am
    But we've been through this twice before and it's only succeeded in splitting the country more. Get off your azz and take the evidence to a federal attorney and charge him. To do this in a committee where the opposing party is not present is as good as a "trial" under Pol Pot. I'm amazed that as "fair" as you maintain that you are you can't see that as an issue. If it's so "evident" why weren't the Republicans on the committee? I realize that MSS is your hero, but here we have to do things differently.


  6. by Ponderer on June 20, 2022 7:57 am
    There are two Republicans on the committee - the ones who weren't opposed to an investigation.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on June 20, 2022 12:01 pm

    There are two Republicans on the committee - the ones who weren't opposed to an investigation.

    That's entirely, factually, absolute effin bull$hit.


  8. by Donna on June 20, 2022 12:41 pm
    Well you know, Hate, your own Senate Republicans shot themselves in the foot last year when they caved to the Orange Dumbass's objection to forming an investigatory committee and rejected a bill that had already been passed by the House which would have set up a commission that was evenly split between the two parties.
    pbs.org


  9. by islander on June 20, 2022 1:47 pm

    This is typical for Hate.

    Ponderer writes ”There are two Republicans on the committee - the ones who weren't opposed to an investigation.”

    Fact...There ARE two Republicans on the commission and they WERE’NT opposed to the bipartisan commission.

    Hate’s argument; ”That's entirely, factually, absolute effin bull$hit.”...That’s it !!! That’s his argument and that's all the evidence he provided to back it up.

    Donna confirms what Ponderer said with evidence.

    WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capital, refusing to back down on their opposition to the independent investigation even amid emotional appeals from those who fought and fled from the rioters that day.
    The Senate Vote was 54-35 ---short of the 60 votes needed to consider a house-bill that would have formed a 10-member commission evenly split between the two parties.”


    Fact...The Republicans withheld the votes necessary to bring the bill up for debate.


  10. by Donna on June 20, 2022 2:30 pm
    In retrospect I'm glad that Senate Republicans killed that bill because the way it was written, the House would have had to honor its commitment to have even representation on the committee. I think initially, everyone would have preferred that, but as time went on, it became evident that only Cheney and Kinzinger weren't going to try to undermine the investigation.


  11. by islander on June 20, 2022 2:43 pm

    Actually, Donna, so am I, and for the very same reasons.

    I think the Republicans on the committee would have turned into a circus.

    I'm very pleased with the way this committee is handling this and presenting the evidence.


  12. by Donna on June 20, 2022 2:52 pm
    Yeah, me too.


  13. by oldedude on June 20, 2022 6:50 pm
    donna and isle are died in the wolde Pol Pot followers. If they don't agree, exile them to "re-education" where they'll starve to death. It makes sense since they don't agree with us. Actually they think the "final solution" was a pretty good deal. Burn the books, take the bible out, grab on to the minds of children by government adjustment, and kill the rest.


  14. by Ponderer on June 20, 2022 10:49 pm

    "donna and isle are died in the wolde Pol Pot followers." -olde dude

    olde dude and Hate are McCarthy-worshiping, white supremacist pedophiles.


    There. Now tings are even again.



  15. by HatetheSwamp on June 21, 2022 3:29 am

    ...Senate Republicans killed that bill because the way it was written, the House would have had to honor its commitment to have even representation on the committee. -Donna

    pb splained what he thinks is going on. In less than a year. GOPs will chair all House Committees at least. The Dems have been so dictatorial in running the election investigation...and, I think we know why, bahahahahahahahahahaha.

    So GOPs'll wait for next year. And, why not!!!!!?


  16. by islander on June 21, 2022 4:19 am

    old dude wrote: ”donna and isle are died in the wolde Pol Pot followers. If they don't agree, exile them to "re-education" where they'll starve to death. It makes sense since they don't agree with us. Actually they think the "final solution" was a pretty good deal. Burn the books, take the bible out, grab on to the minds of children by government adjustment, and kill the rest.”

    You forgot taking away everyone's guns and draining all the energy from the sun!


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