CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan conducted an interview with a Trump supporter named Kinnet Ehring McSweeney and it confirmed just about everything that is wrong with the American right wing. McSweeney had some wacky yet predictable views, including that the 2020 election was stolen by Joe Biden and Democrats and that the January 6th Capitol insurrection was conducted by left-wing agitators. She explained to O’Sullivan that her family thinks she is crazy and a conspiracy theorist. McSweeney didn’t see any problem with believing in baseless conspiracy theories like QAnon. She also didn’t believe there to be a connection between far right conspiracy theories and the Trump riots.
McSweeney is certainly not alone in her beliefs. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 63% of Republicans strongly or somewhat disagree that Trump is at least partly to blame for the events of January 6th. Six out of ten Republicans strongly or somewhat agree that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Trump. And 55% of Republican respondents believe the Capitol riots were led by “violent left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad.” This means that there are many more Trump-type Republicans out there than reasonable Republicans. This is a massive issue for the country. If the American right refuses to live in a fact-based reality, there is no hope for making a good faith approach to public policy.
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