Well Waddya Know! Harvard Undercuts A Core Progressive Big Lie!

I can’t let this pass. I’ve been bashing my embarrassing alma mater here for years, and it finally is responsible for something that almost makes me want to hang the ol framed diploma up again, with the back of it to the wall again.


The Harvard Crimson reports:

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.

The authors of the study — Joan Donovan, Kaylee Fagan, and Frances E. Lee — wrote that their analysis found that the largest proportion of defendants “were motivated, in part, to invade the US Capitol Building by Donald Trump.”

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.

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.

“I don’t think I expected the result to be this stark,” Fagan said. “I also certainly didn’t expect those two motivations to come up nearly exactly as often as they both did.”

Though more than 800 have been federally prosecuted for their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the study focused on 417 defendants charged with federal crimes in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

In other words, the riot was, as riots tend to be, one big, violent, stupid tantrum, like the George Floyd riots in the summer of 2020. It was not an “insurrection.” It couldn’t be, since less than 8% told researchers that their goal was to take over the government. (8% is also the standard idiot percentage in any public poll.) Nevertheless, the New York Times editors now refers to all news about the January 6 riot as “insurrection” developments, because the whole point to Big Lies is that you keep repeating them over and over, and that November reckoning for Democrats is closing in fast.

Will the mainstream media publicize the new research results? Well, we shall see. If they do, I suspect they will try to spin it like the Crimson does, with its deceptive headline, “Why Did Trump Supporters Storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6? Because of Trump, New Harvard Study Finds.

I can’t blame the Shorenstein Center for that. Trump didn’t make his most fanatic supporters rush into the Capitol, nor did he tell them to do so. His inflammatory rhetoric was (and is) irresponsible, but it’s a long, long way from incitement, as sane legal commentators from both ends of the political spectrum have pointed out. Now there is hard evidence that overthrowing the government was not on the minds of the rioters who had minds.

Good to know! Thanks, Harvard!

12 thoughts on “Well Waddya Know! Harvard Undercuts A Core Progressive Big Lie!

  1. I cringed this morning when my local Fox affiliate’s morning news program referred to the incident as an “insurrection”.

    And, yes, it will be spun to put the blame on Trump, regardless. Narratives don’t have to be consistent to be damaging.

  2. “The authors of the study — Joan Donovan, Kaylee Fagan, and Frances E. Lee — wrote that their analysis found that the largest proportion of defendants “were motivated, in part, to invade the US Capitol Building by Donald Trump.””

    I find this paragraph to be worthless information without any additional context. The statement that someone was motivated, in part, to invade the Capitol by Donald Trump is factually untrue unless the individuals inferred something that was not an explicit directive. Such a directive is lacking from the transcript of Trump’s speech. Therefore, the term motivated by X must be taken as an inference by someone who was predisposed to commit mayhem and now seeks to justify it. I don’t suffer people well who seek to avoid responsibility for their actions by shifting the responsibility for their own behavior to others; nor should any other who claims to espouse conservative ideals.

    Obviously, everyone, except those operatives who were there to infiltrate the crowd, were motivated to come to the Capitol to protest what they considered electoral shenanigans which were espoused by Trump and many others. The words, “in part,” is a qualifier that provides no understanding as to the primary motivations, yet the entire paragraph is written in a manner to have the reader draw the conclusion that Trump directed them to invade the Capitol. Had a study been written and the analysis concluded that the majority of those who rioted for three days at the Whitehouse and set fire to St Johns Church opposite Lafayette Park were motivated, in part, to lay siege to the White House by rhetoric from Congressional Democrats Swalwell, Pelosi, Schiff and others who claimed Trump was a treasonous Russian operative I doubt seriously if the fact checkers would have sat on the hands silently.

    Without establishing what and how the questions were asked, as well as any explanatory responses from those questioned, I see little proof that the largest proportion of defendants were motivated by Donald Trump to “INVADE” the Capitol. I cannot take it on faith that Harvard’s study is without bias at this point. I will say that all those who engaged in mayhem on that day should be prosecuted as vigorously as those who have been prosecuted for riots elsewhere in the nation. If we are to have an equitable justice system, all persons must be treated equally; that means both defendants and victims. No one or group should be entitled to harsher penalties against those who have wronged them than any other victim.

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