Amy Klobuchar, chairwoman of the Senate committee, nailed Senator Ron Johnson for advancing conspiracy theories during the Capitol attack hearing.
Senator Johnson said: “Many of the protesters were families with young children, many elderly, overweight or simply tired of frailty, traits not normally attributed to the riot. Lots of police shirts or police friendly black and blue flags. Although they mainly represented the working class by style and language, some stood out. Did not share the cheerful, kind, and serious demeanor of the vast majority. Some obviously didn’t go with it. He describes four different types of people, plainclothes civilians, provocateurs, fake Trump protesters, and disciplined, uniform, calm protesters. I think these are the people who probably planned this. The vast majority of Trump supporters stand up for law enforcement, and the last thing they would do would be to break the law. “
Video from Johnson:
Ron Johnson used his interrogation time at the Capitol attack hearing to advance false conspiracy theories and claim that Trump supporters would never break the law. pic.twitter.com/B2SMdQEMr5
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 23, 2021
Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) replied after the hearing:
Rules Cmte Chairman Klobuchar on questioning GOP WI Sen Johnson in an uproar: “I knew Ron Johnson was going to be a problem. I’m not a bit surprised that Ron Johnson got himself involved in a conspiracy theory again – that’s what he does”
– Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 23, 2021
Senator Johnson advanced the conspiracy theory that the armed insurrection never happened. It is difficult for the Senate to discharge its oversight duties when people like Ron Johnson abuse their position in the Senate to advance conspiracy theories.
It’s not like Johnson tried to play in front of Fox News because Fox didn’t cover the hearing. Ron Johnson did what he did. Senator Johnson is poisonously spreading lies and misinformation across the Senate for seeing this as his only way to remain a Senator.
Ron Johnson will remain a problem until Wisconsin voters kick him out of the Senate.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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