Last year, shortly after the crowds dispersed and the dust settled, there seemed to be at least one conclusion that scholars and researchers could agree on: White supremacy played a large role in the Capitol attack.
The assault on the Capitol was in many ways a culmination of what the rioters saw as a threat facing the nation: the election of Biden and Kamala Harris, the first Black, Asian and female vice president. What’s more, that election was largely decided by voters of color who turned out in historically Republican or competitive states, like Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
In addition, polls find that a majority of Republicans don’t hold Trump accountable for the insurrection. According to a Quinnipiac survey from this past October, 56 percent of Republicans said Trump held no responsibility whatsoever for the attacks. Twenty-one percent said the former president didn’t bear much responsibility. Altogether, 66 percent of Republicans polled said they didn’t view the storming of the Capitol as an attack on the government.