Can the January 6 Committee Hearings Break Through the Barriers of Political Ignorance and Bias Underpinning the Big Lie?

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“[I]gnorance and bias is far from unique to Trump voters, Republicans, and right-wingers. There are lots of parallel examples on the left. Social science evidence indicates that bias in evaluation of political information is widespread among both liberals and conservatives, with neither being significantly better or worse than the other, on average. But the persistence of the Big Lie about the 2020 election may be more dangerous than most otherwise similar examples. … If you believe that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ from Trump, you are probably predisposed to believe similar claims about future elections, and to support the use of illegal and violent means to forestall such injustice. Ironically, in the name of preventing an electoral ‘steal,’ Big Lie believers could end up facilitating the very evil they think they are preventing.” (06/13/22)