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The Capitol riot’s ‘shifting sense of blame’

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

It’s almost the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and Americans are still at odds over how to describe what happened that fateful winter day, according to a new poll from PBS NewsHour, NPR, and Marist.

While 49 percent of those surveyed characterize the events of Jan. 6 as an insurrection and a threat to democracy, 25 percent said they view the day as a “political protest protected under the First Amendment,” per PBS. Another 19 percent said they consider the riot to be an “unfortunate event,” but ultimately something that should be left in the past.

That there’s no “common language” around what happened that day speaks to the country’s “continued disconnect,” argues Marist poll director Barbara Cavalho.

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