Nearly Half Of Republicans Blamed Joe Biden For Capitol Attack In New Survey
In Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the majority of Republican Senators refused to hold the former president responsible for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building last month. Now a new survey shows that many of their voters would prefer to blame President Joe Biden (the president-elect at the time) instead.
Morning Consult reported on new polling that shows, compared to immediately after the insurrection attempt, fewer Republican voters believe Donald Trump holds any responsibility for calling on his supporters to march to the Capitol and fight. In surveys over January 6th and 7th, 41% of Republican voters said Trump was at least partially responsible. Now, only 27% say he has any responsibility.
What’s perhaps more shocking, though, is where they’re placing the blame instead. Nearly half — 46% — of Republican voters surveyed say that Joe Biden holds some responsibility for the riot and insurrection attempt. More than half (58%) blame Democrats in Congress, about a quarter (24%) say that Congressional Republicans hold some responsibility, and over a third (35%) blame law enforcement in D.C.
It’s not the first time that Trump’s supporters have tried to turn the blame on Democrats. In the clip below, Texas Senator Ted Cruz declares, during the trial, that if witnesses are called, Trump’s defense will call Nancy Pelosi to ask “what she knew and when she knew it” — implying that she is somehow at fault for the attack.
Ted Cruz is out here trying to blame Nancy Pelosi for a MAGA mob descending on the Capitol for a violent insurrection pic.twitter.com/Z8haU9naE5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 13, 2021
Nor is he the only one — another example is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who said of the attack, “How the hell could that happen? Where was Nancy Pelosi? It’s her job to provide Capitol security. We’ll get to the bottom of that.”
Though Trump escaped conviction, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office is reportedly considering whether it’s possible to file criminal charges against the former president for inciting a riot.