One thing the Ivy League will never be accused of is pro-conservative bias, making the findings of this study all the more compelling.
A Harvard study did a deep dive into the people involved in the events of that infamous day of January 6th, and what they came up with flies in the face of everything we’re hearing from Biden, Pelosi, Schiff, Cheyney, Kinzinger and even the DOJ.
Intent makes all the difference in the world for what we saw unfold at the Capitol on J6.
According to the narrative being leveled at everyone who has been charged, investigated, or otherwise harassed by Congress, law enforcement, and big media (both traditional and social), the riots of J6 were an organized attack with an attempt to disrupt the lawful ordering of government.
The theory rivaling that is that the vast majority of all involved showed up to lawfully protest until a spark of conflict changed the crowd dynamics and the resulting confusion devolved the situation to one of chaos and disorder.
Those have, essentially, been the rival hypotheses since the beginning, with some disagreement about who or what caused that initial spark in the first place.
Joan Donovan, Kaylee Fagan, and Frances E. Lee published a study on what motivated the participants of that day’s events. Their findings, manner of framing them, have been colored by their own assumptions, but we can still get some useful information from it. For example, they cannot articulate Trump’s view without editorializing it as being driven by ‘lies’.
A study examined the court records of 417 of the 800 or so defendants in the events of J6. What they were looking for was the rationale offered by the accused for why they attended in the first place. Among the surprises researchers found was that Q-Anon did not appear to be as big an influence in the gathering as they had expected.
The study, which was released as a working paper because it has not been peer-reviewed, analyzed 469 court documents from the 417 defendants to determine why the rioters decided to join the Jan. 6 attack in Washington.
“The documents show that Trump and his allies convinced an unquantifiable number of Americans that representative democracy in the United States was not only in decline, but in imminent, existential danger,” the study said. “This belief translated into a widespread fear of democratic and societal breakdown, which, in turn, motivated hundreds of Americans to travel to DC from far corners of the country in what they were convinced was the nation’s most desperate hour.”
Other common reasons for breaching the Capitol included participating in an event of historical significance. —HarvardCrimson
Stripping out the pejorative language from their conclusions, we have the results of what motivated the gathering, taken from that same article. The Shorenstein Center researchers found that…
20.6 percent participated because they supported Trump
20.6 percent participated in support of Trump’s complaints about election irregularities
What percentage of those 417 defendents actually wanted to foment an armed rebellion? 8%
That’s right, a whopping total of 8% of those 417, which, in turn, is just a tiny percentage of the entire crowd that showed up that day.
Said differently, the study has concluded that 92% of the people who have faced criminal charges for their involvement on Jan 6 were NOT there to cause an ‘insurrection’.
Looks like Chris Cuomo’s disdain for the J6 and impeachment circuses is justified.
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