Sen. Ron Johnson Falsely Claims Capitol Insurrectionists Committed ‘No Violence’ On Senate Side
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) falsely claimed to a group of supporters on Sunday that there was no violence on the Senate side of the Capitol building during the Capitol Insurrection.
“One of the reasons I’m being attacked is because I very honestly said I didn’t feel threatened on January 6. I didn’t,” Johnson said. “There was much more violence on the House side. There was no violence on the Senate side, in terms of the chamber.”
Johnson’s claims are in direct contradiction to extensive security camera and individually collected footage from the Capitol insurrection, which shows that violence was not restricted to one side of the Capitol building.
Johnson has shown sympathy for Capitol insurrectionist. Since January, Johnson has claimed that violence came from fake Trump supporters, that the Capitol insurrection did not “seem” like an armed insurrection, and that he did not feel threatened by rioters, but would have if they were Black Lives Matter protestors.
Johnson talked extensively about the Capitol insurrection on Wisconsin talk radio station 1130 WISN with Jay Weber. “The group of people that supported Trump, the hundreds of thousands of people who attended those Trump rallies, those are the people that love this country,” Johnson told Weber. “They never would have done what happened on Jan. 6. That is a group of people that love freedom; that’s a group of people we need to unify and keep on our side.”
Wisconsin voters have become increasingly outspoken against Johnson’s pro-Trump rhetoric. Wisconsin Democratic Chair Ben Wikler explained to uPolitics his party’s plan to oust Johnson in the upcoming 2022 Senate race.