Daily US Times: Donald Trump’s continued promotion of the “big lie” about the last year’s presidential election could still incite his supporters to violence. The Justice Department and judges repeatedly warned this week, as courts weigh the future dangerousness of US Capitol riot defendants.
This week, two federal judges brought up the disinformation about the 2020 election from right-wing figures, and even the former president himself, as they considered keeping alleged Capitol rioters in jail before trial.
And Justice Department prosecutors are arguing more explicitly that violent threats stemming from Trump-backed conspiracy theories are still alive, and that Donald Trump supporters could be called to act again.
Earlier this week, federal prosecutor Jason McCullough argued at a hearing for one of the accused Proud Boys leaders: “It’s never too late” for pro-Trump extremist groups like the Proud Boys to mobilize, because the right-wing political climate hasn’t shifted much since Trump left office”
The comments from judges and prosecutors demonstrate how Mr Trump’s post-presidency lying about the election he lost to Joe Biden is complicating matters for some of his most ardent supporters — including people who heeded his call to come to the nation’s capital on January 6 and are now in jail cells awaiting trial.
Most Trump supporters still believe his lies about the election, according to recent polling, including a February survey from Quinnipiac University survey that found 76% of Republicans think there was “widespread fraud” in the election.
There is no proof of massive vote-rigging in the election, audits in key states confirmed the accuracy of the voting results, and election officials from both parties said the vote was free and fair.