Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) supplied a frank evaluation Tuesday of Sen. Ron Johnson within the wake of the Wisconsin Republican’s feedback concerning the U.S. Capitol riot.
Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, made his blunt analysis throughout a dialog on CNN with anchor Don Lemon, who requested him concerning the senator’s defense of his comments. Johnson has claimed the left twisted his phrases.
“I heard it the way he meant it,” Clyburn mentioned. “You know, the moment he said or prefaced his last statement, ‘I know I’m going to get in trouble for this,’ then went on to say it, said to me he knew exactly what he was saying, he knew why he was saying it, he knew exactly how the reactions would be. He just didn’t care.”
“The guy is racist,” Clyburn added. “This is not the first time he has indicated such.”
Johnson has on a number of events defended the Jan. 6 insurrectionists and downplayed their storming of the Capitol. He informed a conservative radio host final week that he was not frightened by the pro-Trump mob ― which was largely white ― and known as them “people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement [and] would never do anything to break a law.”
More than 300 folks have been charged with federal offenses linked to the rebellion, together with the assault of law enforcement officials. A Capitol Police officer was among the many 5 deaths stemming from the assault.
But if it had been members of Black Lives Matter and Antifa marching on the Capitol that day, Johnson mentioned he would have been “concerned.”
After receiving backlash, Johnson insisted his feedback had nothing to do with race and had been “completely innocuous.” He wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal claiming the left was attempting to silence him and manipulate his which means.
The hashtag #ResignRon trended on Twitter on Tuesday night after progressive PAC MeidasTouch launched a video concerning the senator’s feedback and known as on him to resign.
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