Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) confronted backlash and accusations of gaslighting after he downplayed the lethal U.S. Capitol riot and questioned its description as an armed riot.
In a radio interview on Monday with Jay Weber, Johnson mentioned he condemned the Jan. 6 violence carried out by a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters that left 5 folks useless.
But Johnson claimed he didn’t really feel threatened at any level.
“This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me,” the Trump ally mentioned.
Listen to Johnson’s feedback from the 14:30 mark right here:
“When you think or hear of ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms?” Johnson requested.
“Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask: How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired?” the Wisconsin Republican continued. “I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot. It was a tragedy, OK, but I think there was only one. You know, if that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you had really a bunch of idiots.”
Court information, nonetheless, present the pro-Trump rioters introduced numerous sorts of weapons, ammunition and different objects for use as weapons into the Capitol.
Later within the interview, Johnson recalled “sitting back in my office watching video of the ‘armed insurrectionists’ staying within the lines inside the Capitol.”
“They’re not even venturing outside of the roped areas. I’m seeing a bunch of people milling about,” he claimed.
Critics accused Johnson of attempting to rewrite the narrative across the riot.
“Is that the game plan? Is that where they end up after this is all over? Pretending this did not happen?” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough requested on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe.”
“We have the video of police officers being beaten, some within inches of their lives, beaten with an American flag,” Scarborough continued. “We have the stories of the law enforcement officers lying on the ground while Trump terrorists were beating them, and them thinking to themselves that they had four children and wondering if they would ever see their children again.”
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