There is no denying that the January 6th select committee has been engaged in a bit of myth-building of late, having openly employed a former ABC television executive in their quest to mold the narrative surrounding that fateful day.
Sure, the imagery of the J6 event is tough to behold: Violence in and around the Capitol, evacuated lawmakers, at least one dead woman. But the left’s insistence that this was some sort of “insurrection” has now been nullified by a new study out of Harvard.
A comprehensive study by Harvard University of the motivations of those who participated in the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol found that only 8% wanted to start an insurrection or civil war — contrary to claims by the January 6 Committee.Advertisement - story continues below
The Harvard Crimson reported last week:
In the most comprehensive study to date of what motivated the Trump supporters to attack the Capitol, Shorenstein Center researchers found that 20.6 percent of the rioters, a plurality, were motivated to take part in the riot because they supported Trump. Another 20.6 percent of the rioters cited Trump’s fraudulent claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged as their primary reason for participating in the Jan. 6 riot.Trending:
The third most common reason for attacking the Capitol: a desire to start a civil war or an armed revolution, according to the study. Almost 8 percent of defendants indicated it was their main motivation.Advertisement - story continues below
In an interview, Fagan said she was surprised by how frequently support for Trump and concerns about the election were cited as primary motivations for joining the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
This is a far cry from the characterization that the left has used to describe the event and the crowd involved, with some even going as far as to suggest that those who participated in the ruckus were guilty of “seditious conspiracy”.