Trump Supporters from Across the U.S. React to Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

Dylan Costello (right), 25, and 28-year-old Bobby Manson, construction workers from Quincy, Mass., are all in for Trump but say they don’t support what the rioters did on Wednesday. (Tovia Smith/NPR)

For some, it was the final straw. The U.S. Capitol riots, and the president’s behavior both before and after, has soured some of Trump’s supporters.

For others, it has only ratcheted up their zealous devotion to the president, and their deep frustration with an election they falsely believe was rigged.

Carol Jones, 74, from Franklin, Tenn., is among those regretting her support for Trump since Wednesday’s insurrection, when thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building.

The protests were timed to coincide with Congress’ certification of the Electoral College votes and aimed at pressuring Republican lawmakers into supporting Trump’s effort to overturn Biden’s electoral victory. The violent confrontations ended in a lockdown, with four casualties and dozens of arrests.

“He started the whole thing. It’s just plain as the nose on your face,” Jones said. “I don’t understand it other than a humongous ego that he had a need to satisfy. It’s like he has a mental condition he needs to get a handle on. It’s just sad.”

Randy Dittmer, from Liberty, Mo., is fed up with Trump, too. The 62-year-old retired schoolteacher said he watched the rioting on TV in disbelief that it was happening in the United States.

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