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Opinion: The new lies of the GOP and Tucker Carlson

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Trump has taken the lead in rewriting the history of Jan. 6, with assists from GOP lawmakers like Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and media confederates like Tucker Carlson, writes Ruth Ben-Ghiat. And like any dangerous propaganda campaign, this one needs both noise and silence to be effective.

Now Trump and the Republican Party are spreading a false narrative about the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, depicting it as a peaceful event to save the nation from tyranny.

The truth of Jan. 6 -- that the insurgents showed rabid hatred of the police officers and security guards -- presents a problem, given the pro-law enforcement sentiments of Trump's base.

Although 61% of Americans responding to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll think Trump "is at least partly to blame for starting the deadly Jan. 6 riot," only 28% of Republicans agreed with that statement.

And more than half of the Republicans questioned agreed that Jan. 6 was the work of "violent left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad. "

But while a few prominent Republicans, like former House Speaker John Boehner, emphasize Trump's role in the "bloody insurrection" (Trump "incited" it "for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he'd been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November," Boehner asserted in his new book), Pence, like most in the GOP, has been silent on the question and seems to have accepted the authoritarian-style party discipline Trump has imposed.

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