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How Trump’s Allies Are Still Defending Him: Denial, Deflection, Disinformation | The New York Times

By Jeremy W. Peters
January 7, 2021

This was one mob they found a way to excuse.

Even as scores of President Trump’s usually unfailing loyalists condemned him for moving too slowly to call off the swarm of demonstrators that stormed and ransacked the Capitol, many of his most vocal and visible allies in Congress, the media and conservative politics still could not bring themselves to fault him for the surreal and frightening attack carried out by people he had just urged to “fight like hell.”

They downplayed the violence as acts of desperation by people who felt lied to by the news media and ignored by their elected representatives. They deflected with false equivalencies about the Democratic Party’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Source: How Trump’s Allies Are Still Defending Him: Denial, Deflection, Disinformation | The New York Times

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