Lies work. Even big, totally unsupported lies work. In fact, those might work best of all:
In fact, amid the recent focus on the congressional GOP’s direction now, under one in five rank-and-file Republicans favor a conviction, while most still broadly value loyalty to Mr. Trump. Many current Republicans say they might even join a new party headed by Mr. Trump if he were to start one. And while almost all call violence unacceptable, most Republicans feel that efforts by Mr. Trump and some Republicans to overturn the 2020 results were justified.
There’s plenty in the poll about loyalty to Trump, how Americans view his impeachment, yada yada yada. I think the clear story here is what percentage of Americans believe it was OK to try to steal an election. The answer is 39% — but fully 70% of Republicans:
I find that incredibly ominous. Had Donald Trump prevailed in stealing the election, I would have considered it a coup that would justify armed revolution and removing him by literally any force necessary. The fact that fully 70% of the people from my former party would support such an act is terrifying, and makes me wonder how inevitable is our ultimate slide into violence.