Reno, Nevada – Republican voters in Nevada were informed Tuesday that the Jan. 6 committee is building a public case that Donald Trump knows the election was not stolen.
They saw some of the commission’s new video footage of the violence at the Capitol on January 6.
“Disappointed,” said one voter.
“Disgusting,” he said again.
A third said, “He pissed everyone off.”
It wasn’t the noose hanging outside the Capitol that bothered them, the chants of “hang Mike Pence” or the testimony of the president’s former attorney general.
Instead, it was “Washington politicians” and “the media establishment,” many of the voters interviewed said, who saw them trying to stack cards against the former president.
“It may also be Donald Trump’s impeachment number 3,” said Judy Cameron, a retiree from Reno who had just voted in the Nevada Republican primary on Tuesday with her husband. “This is their big effort to get Donald Trump out of the ballot.”
NBC News spoke with more than two dozen voters in Washoe and Clark counties — the two most populous counties in Nevada — and found that the Jan. 6 committee hearings that captivated Washington not only failed to impress those voters but pushed them in the opposite direction.
Among these samples of Republicans, including in Washoe, the most swing county in one of the country’s most swing states, have bolstered partisan views, spawned more intrigue or deepened loyalty toward Trump.
Despite a limited shot, unconvinced voters underscore the near impossibility that a commission – no matter how surprising the new evidence it has uncovered – will be able to convince a segment of an unaffected electorate.
Fox News – the main driver of public opinion on the right – refused to conduct the first prime-time hearing (it has since reversed course). However, prime-time hosts such as Laura Ingraham chose to forgo reruns of the new violent scenes, and, after the first hearing, spent most of the hour thereafter deriding Representative Liz Cheney, Republican and Yu, the highest Republican member of the committee, and of her voice.
Committee members acknowledged that they were unlikely to mobilize many Trump loyalists, and instead set lower goals, such as trying to persuade enough moderates to sign on to reform the electoral counting law to remove loopholes. Their overarching goals — such as persuading the Justice Department to indict Trump — do not require voter support.
Trump voters say they see these efforts as purely political.
On primaries day in Nevada, while voters were rushing in and out of their polling stations, wearing star-and-stripes socks pulled to their knees or gathered in small groups to protest that developing nations had superior electoral integrity, Republicans were years away. Photo credit from granting credibility to the January 6 committee.
“It’s all political and designed to try to prevent Donald Trump from running for president again,” said Tom Perinato, a two-time Trump voter and a Clark County resident.
He called the Jan. 6 panel flawed because “there is no one in it who has dissenting views” from the majority on the Democratic panel and what he called “anti-Trumpists” like Cheney.
While Bernato does not believe Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen, he still believes that the former president’s pursuit of an election review and lawsuits were worth it “because there are so many irregularities and hoaxes going on in so many swing states.”
Many other voters an interview He dug into the denial of the 2020 election and repeatedly raised the need for election integrity. They criticized the mainstream media — including Fox News — and even suggested that witnesses, nearly all of whom were Republican men, were forced to testify.
Hardline views persisted after testimony was broadcast from Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, and former campaign manager Bill Stebbin, both of whom said they told the then-president that there was insufficient evidence of widespread voter fraud and no legal support for the repeal. 2020 elections
Several Nevada Republicans interviewed asserted that Barr’s testimony was “nonsense” and Stebbin — who continues to advise Trump-aligned candidates — was quickly ostracized into a pile of RINOs (Republican in name only) trying to get rid of Trump.
“You have the liberal media, which you completely control with a narrative that gets sent to them all around 4 a.m.,” said Donald Fossum, a supporter who gathered outside Reno High School for unsuccessful GOP candidate Sam Brown. . “That’s why you can read their lips on your screen; they all say the same thing.”
Fossum, who called himself “the local corrupt businessman,” restrained himself from continuing, saying, “We are careful in our world not to appear conspiratorial.”
At one point on Tuesday, voters exhausted fraud fears and cornered Bruce Parks, the Washoe County Republican chairman, as he walked out of the polling site.
“How do you think we’re doing as far as voting in this case?” asked John Roberts, who describes himself as a conservative voter, Parks. Roberts expressed concern about the upcoming midterm general election and the 2024 presidential contest. Another man spoke loudly for fear of stuffing the ballot boxes. Those gathered on the sidewalk began discussing the need to change state law.
“I understand that and there is a way around that – the vote,” Parks told them.
When a reporter asked the group if it had convinced them with testimony the day before for insufficient voter fraud in 2020, an unnamed voter withdrew his head: “You mean on TV?” Then he waved his hand in disgust.
Another voter complained that he no longer knew who to trust the Republican Party.
“[Barr] We came to a conclusion before looking at the evidence,” Roberts said. “I found this really strange.”
With inflation soaring, gasoline prices in Nevada topping the country at over $6 a gallon and home prices soaring, Parks said he is full of questions about voter fraud.
“I hear it all day, every day,” Parks said in an interview, “Does my voice count this time?” “This is one of the biggest concerns.”
However, some voters said they were deeply disturbed by the events of January 6, and the fraught political environment that led to it.
“Anyone in government who has a hand in this or allows me to happen is just a criminal,” said Steve Trollope, a voter from Sparks, Nevada. Trollope lamented the dangerous climate in which the two fed, he said, where people could no longer disagree without escalation.
“For me, this is a turbulent place,” he said. “Democracy is about to die. This is scary.”