A majority of Americans viewed Trump’s January 6 uprising and coup attempt as a blatant attack on America’s fragile democracy. However, a new report reveals that the attack on the nation’s Capitol was nothing compared to what a very significant number of Americans should believe to bring Trump back to the White House.
During the evil Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, the propaganda minister of the fascist dictator Joseph Goebbels repeated a sentence that explains why America’s democracy hangs by a thread. Goebbels said:
“If you repeat a lie enough times, people will believe it, and even you will believe it yourself.”
Trump began repeating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him immediately after the media started calling out the election for then-candidate Joseph R. Biden. The lie grew exponentially as states began to validate the election results.
This lie sparked the insurgent’s deadly attack and attempted a coup d’état on January 6th when Trump dispatched his treacherous army to “fight like hell” to save “your America”.
Although the BIG lie has proven to be a monumental duck to incite Trump acolytes into action and donations, the real danger extends well beyond this hideous treasonous attack on the Capitol.
In a recent survey conducted by impartial NORC researchers at the University of Chicago, researchers sought “to discover how widespread insurgency is among US adults”.
The poll results are terrifying to any American who believes the January 6th uprising was just an anomaly. It proves beyond a doubt that Trump and his thugs, repeating a lie, are now often a clear and present threat to the national security of the United States – it’s also a clarification that America’s democracy is at risk.
According to the survey results, the evidence that a lie is repeated long enough is loyal to angry Trump supporters because 25% of adults either strongly or tend to agree:
“The 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.”
The survey also found that 9% of American adults say they agree that:
“The use of force is justified to bring Donald J. Trump back into the presidency.”
The researchers found that of the 21 million who believe Trump must be restored to president by force, 68% believe that violence will also be necessary to preserve America’s traditional way of life – think, “Make America white again “.
The poll also found that the same percentage of Americans who believe they will forcibly reinstate Trump as president recognize the ideas of white supremacy and evangelicals who:
“Africans and Hispanics in our country will at some point have more rights than whites” – a belief that is sometimes referred to as “the great substitute”.
And that “a secret group of Satan’s worshiping pedophiles run the US government”; a basic belief in the QAnon movement.
The poll found that among those who support violence to restore Trump:
“Many of the 21 million insurgent people have the ability to use force to mobilize. At least 7 million of them already have a weapon, and at least 3 million have served in the U.S. military and have lethal capabilities. Of those 21 million, 6 million said they supported right-wing militias and extremist groups, and 1 million said they were members of or knew them personally, including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. “
Researchers reported that the insurgents who attacked the Capitol on January 6 are a far more mainstream movement than any previous violent right-wing extremist case. In fact, only 14% of the traitors arrested for the January 6 attack on the Capitol are members of these far-right groups. “More than half are business owners or middle-aged employees, and only 7% are unemployed.”
There have always been fringe anti-government groups, typically white racists and evangelical fanatics, who longed for a second revolution or an outright overthrow of the government. But as research shows, the MAGA movement is not “marginal”, small, or isolated. It’s a massive movement that Trump adores and clings to every word he says; including when to arm and use violent means to reinstate him in the White House.
However, no one should blame Trump for repeating the BIG LIE that his election was stolen.
It is true that Trump and his agents like Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly incite MAGA to violence, but they are not solely responsible for spreading the BIG LIE.
Every Republican in Congress, state politician, and right-wing media expert is as guilty as Trump for no other reason, for no other reason than to remain silent on Trump’s BIG LIE, when they could just as easily debunk punk’s blatantly false claims.
Republicans will not anger Trump or his insurgents for needing their election support or for knowing that contradicting Trump is making them targets of violent extremists.
The time they had to speak up was immediately after the election, when this clear and present danger could have been nipped in the bud. But they didn’t. No wonder the majority of Americans still rightly believe that democracy is under attack.
It makes one wonder how many of the Republicans in Congress and in the statehouses are among the 21 million who believe Trump should be reinstated by force. The number is believed to be significant, and that in itself is a daunting prospect.
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