Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Sen. Ron Johnson Criticized for ‘Racist’ Comment About Jan. 6 Capitol Chaos

'He knew what he was saying, he knew he shouldn't say it, but this is who he is...'

(Headline USA) Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is being called racist for an interview in which the Republican said he wasn’t worried about the supporters of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, but that he might have been if they had been Black Lives Matter allies.

In an interview Thursday with syndicated radio host Joe Pagliarulo, Johnson said of those who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6: “I knew those were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.”

“Now, had the tables been turned, and Joe — this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, I might have been a little concerned,” Johnson said, referring to far-left terrorists who burned, looted, and killed in America’s cities last summer.

The media falsely reports that five people died at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but investigations have not found that Trump supporters caused any deaths.

More than 300 people have been charged in the storming of the building.

Johnson’s comments sparked outrage among Wisconsin Democrats, including state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, of Milwaukee.

“For him to say something as racist as that — it’s ridiculous,” said the state senator. “It’s a totally racist comment and the insult to injury is he didn’t mind saying it in the position that he holds because for some reason that’s just deemed as acceptable behavior for people who live in and are elected officials in this state.”

Ron Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he made the comment because many of the protests last summer over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent and caused widespread property damage.

The violence in the days after Floyd’s death on May 25 caused extensive damage in cities across the country — an estimated $500 million in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area alone.

“That’s why I would have been more concerned,” Johnson said in a statement.

Democrats seeking the two-term senator’s seat next year were quick to call him out.

“Ron Johnson is a racist and is unfit to serve the people of Wisconsin. There is no missing context here. He knew what he was saying, he knew he shouldn’t say it, but this is who he is,” said Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry.

Tom Nelson, the Outagamie County executive who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, said Johnson has reached “a new despicable low” with his comments.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.

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