Rasmussen: Partisan divide about continued troop presence at Congress

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There is considerable partisanship about whether National Guard troops should remain deployed in Washington, D.C.

There is a considerable partisan divide on the question of whether military troops should remain in the District of Columbia to protect Congress from further demonstrations, according to a new Rasmussen survey, with 68 percent of Democrats saying they should stay while 71 percent of Republicans say it’s unnecessary.

Evidently, Capitol Hill Democrats believe they have something to fear, while a majority of Republicans have no such concerns. According to Rasmussen, “As many as 25,000 National Guard were deployed to D.C. in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot. About 7,000 troops remain in Washington as the Senate decides whether Trump is guilty of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ for inciting his supporters to riot.”

But did Donald Trump actually incite tens of thousands of supporters to riot, or is this a bogus Democrat complaint? According to a Fact Check by Newsweek, an edited video montage presented by Democrats was edited to remove the former president’s call for a peaceful protest. An actual video of Trump’s remarks is now moving across cyberspace, thanks to Right Side Broadcasting Network.

Newsweek headlined the question: “Was Impeachment Video Edited to Remove Trump’s Call For Peace Before Riot?”

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Newsweek’s verdict: “True.”

NPR published a transcript of Trump’s Jan. 6 remarks.

Now comes the Rasmussen report, showing Independents siding more with Republicans on continued troop presence (53%) than with Democrats. Rasmussen’s survey also reveals that 43 percent of likely voters think troop presence is necessary for security, while 48 percent thinks the troops should go home.

Why do Democrats still believe troops should remain to protect them? There are still questions about the election and claims of massive fraud. The Washington Times is reporting about people who say their claims of vote fraud were ignored by the FBI. The lead paragraph in that story says, “Americans who came forward when they spotted what they thought was suspicious activity in the 2020 presidential election say they got a message loud and clear: If you see something, shut up about it.”

Compounding suspicions was a story in TIME magazine that asserted “In a way, Trump was right.

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs.” One paragraph later, the story said this: “The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.”

As it turned out, millions of voters think the election was corrupt from the outset, and that cheating was widespread. As for credibility, it may be lost forever.


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