Former President Donald Trump staunchly defended his supporters who stormed the US Capitol on 6 January, insisting they posed “zero threat” and that they “love our country” as he spoke on Fox News on 1 April, comparing the November 2020 ballot casting to a “third-world election” and claiming the numbers had been “vastly” in his favour.
Former POTUS Donald Trump continues to enjoy strong support among his GOP base, with 55 percent of Republicans believing that his loss to Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the November 2020 presidential election had resulted from ‘rigged’ voting, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.
An overwhelming majority of Republicans – 81 percent – still view Trump favourably, with six in 10 believing he should run for president again in 2024.
Donald Trump teased his supporters that he may “beat” Biden in 2024, when he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando in late February.
Approximately half of the GOP members polled by Ipsos between 30-31 March 2021 on behalf of Thomson Reuters agree with Donald Trump’s perception of the events on 6 January, which culminated with the storming of the US Capitol building.
Among the sample of 1,005 Americans aged 18+ from the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii, including 451 Democrats, 379 Republicans, and 119 independents interviewed online in English, 35 percent of Republicans believe the siege was “largely a non-violent protest” or carried out by left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad”.