Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconson) recently made the odd claim that “wokeness” was a cause of mass shootings in schools, adding that Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other liberal ideologies are “corrupting” students.

“We stopped teaching values in so many of our schools,” Johnson said during the interview with Fox Business. “Now we’re teaching wokeness, we’re indoctrinating our children with things like CRT, telling some children they’re not equal to others, and they’re the cause of other people’s problems.”

The senator cited “indoctrination” as a symptom of a larger decline of family values. “These are difficult issues, but again the solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I would argue renewed faith,” he said. “We’ve lost that.”

Johnson, who originally promised not to run for office again, is seeking reelection this year.

In an essay published in the Wall Street Journal, Johnson promised to continue “fighting for freedom in the public realm.”

“The tyrannical approach taken by the elites who have created and maintained a state of fear that allows them to exercise control over Americans’ lives,” Johnson wrote.

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