Nearly a year after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, only about four in 10 Republicans believe the 6 January riot that injured more than 100 law enforcement personnel was very or extremely violent.
The insurrection shocked the world as dramatic footage showed a mob invading Congress in a last-ditch effort to stop certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
A new poll – conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in early December – finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans and the vast majority of Democrats say the siege was very or extremely violent.
But Republicans largely disagree, with 32% saying the insurrection was only somewhat violent and another 29% claiming it was not very or not at all violent.
Meanwhile, 57% of Americans say Donald Trump bears significant responsibility for the riot. But only 22% of Republicans believe the same and 60% claim “he had little to no responsibility”.
Here’s some further reading on 6 January, from Hugo Lowell:
The extremist Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene “might be a Democrat – or just an idiot” – according to a fellow hardline conservative.
Dan Crenshaw, a Texas congressman and former Navy Seal, threw the barb back at the Georgia congresswoman in a spat over his support for using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) to operate Covid testing sites.
The US is experiencing a crippling surge of Covid cases thanks to the infectious Omicron variant, with more than 1m recorded on Monday and lack of access to testing hampering state and federal responses.
Greene has consistently spread Covid conspiracy theories. On Sunday, she was permanently suspended from Twitter, for spreading misinformation.
The only politician ever to beat Barack Obama will retire from Congress at the end of the year.
Bobby Rush, a Democratic representative from Illinois, faced Obama in a House primary in 2000 – and beat him by more than 30 points. Obama went on to win a US Senate seat in 2004 and become the first Black president in 2009.
Rush, 75 and first elected to Congress in 1992, is an ordained minister and social activist who co-founded the Illinois Black Panther Party and was described by Politico on Monday as “a legend in Chicago politics”.
In a video obtained by the Associated Press, he said: “I have been reassigned. Actually, I’m not retiring, I’m returning home. I’m returning to my church. I’m returning to my family. I have grandchildren. I’m returning to my passion.
“I will be in public life. I will be working hand in hand with someone who will replace me.”
Rush’s district is solidly Democratic but political rune-readers still found worrying signs for the national party.
Rush is the 24th Democrat to announce that they will not run in 2022. Only 11 Republicans have said the same.