Tony Buscemi, 61, a small business owner from West Bloomfield, Michigan, who stood with his daughter, Natalie, in the sunny field where Mr. Trump spoke, said he was on Capitol Hill on January 6 , and he falsely claimed that it was a “predominantly peaceful” gathering.
“People were praying. People were singing, ”Mr Buscemi said, adding that he could have walked into the building himself if his daughter hadn’t convinced him it was a bad idea. “There was no insurgency,” he insisted. “I saw nothing wrong with it. “
Polls suggest that most Republicans remain skeptical of President Biden’s election victory. Thirty-six percent of Republicans said in a Monmouth University poll released Monday that Mr Biden won the election fairly, while 57 percent said his victory was the result of fraud.
Still, there is evidence that Mr. Trump’s influence over Republican voters is waning – albeit slightly.
At the end of April, 44% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said in an NBC News poll that they supported Mr. Trump more than the party itself. A slightly higher share, 50 percent, said they were more inclined to support the party.
It was the first time since NBC pollsters began asking the question in early 2019 that up to half of Republicans said they supported the party more than the man.
Giovanni Russonello contributed reports.