When facts are meaningless, lying to oneself becomes a get-out-of-jail-free card fit for all occasions. That's the world a vast majority of GOP Americans now live in, and self-delusion is a fail-safe when it comes to the still highly unpopular Trump-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
To this day, a very slim minority of Americans support the deadly assault on the Capitol. A recent CBS News-YouGov poll found that just 17% of U.S. adults approve of the actions of the terrorists that day, not much of a bump from the 13% who indicated approval shortly after the siege last year.
Among Republicans, 24% approved (6% strongly, 18% somewhat) while 76% disapproved. So even in GOP circles, the violent attack is mostly frowned upon.
So if you don't approve of the siege, what do you do about the fact that it was perpetrated by your fellow cultists at the direction of your sworn hero, the supposed America First guy? Easy, you lie to yourself.
Two separate polls this week, including the CBS-YouGov survey, found a sizable contingent of Trump supporters clinging to the notion that antifa activists were responsible for the siege. In the CBS survey, 41% of Republicans said it was actually "left-leaning groups" who forced their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6.
In a recent NPR/Ipsos poll, 30% of Republicans who are “regular political news consumers” said the Jan. 6 events were "actually carried out by opponents of Donald Trump, including Antifa and government agents."
That's a heavy dose of conspiracy right there among the supposedly informed ones, proving once again that the truth is no match for Republicans.