Conspiracy Theory Series: The Big Lie by Harvey Dryer

Harvey Dryer, Politics BSc, University of Bristol

 

 

In this animated video, Harvey Dryer, current Politics BSc student at the University of Bristol provides an analysis of the US ‘Big Lie’ conspiracy theory and the January 6th Capitol Insurrection. He proposes that analyses around the BIg Lie and the Capitol Insurrection largely ignore the factor of white rage in the mobilisation of rioters and belief in the conspiracy. The insurrection was often framed in terms of a freedom speech vs a freedom of reach debate. As such, the conspiracy theory narrative largely ignored the highly racialised strategy to de-legitimise ethnic minority votes as ‘illegal.’