Sen. Ron Johnson Swats Down Claims His Capitol Mob Remarks Are Racist

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) wound up in some hot water after he claimed he would have been nervous if Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

However, Johnson responded to his critics as he said “there’s no racism involved” in his comments about the riot.

“It has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with riots,” Johnson told WISN-AM. “I completely did not anticipate that anybody could interpret what I said as racist. It’s not.”

On Thursday, Johnson said on “The Joe Pags Show” that he did not feel threatened as hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol.

“I’ve also been criticized because I made the comment on Jan. 6 – I never felt threatened, because I didn’t,” he said, adding, “Even though those thousands of people were marching on the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they wanted me to vote, I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.”

He continued:

“Had the tables been turned, Joe, this could mean trouble. Had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”

The Wisconsin senator’s comments sparked allegations of racism:

Jessica Floyd, president of Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, also blasted Johnson’s comments as she said in a statement, “Senator Johnson’s remarks are racist and unacceptable. There is nothing patriotic about storming the Capitol to attempt to overturn an election and murder elected officials.”

Johnson has also previously suggested that those who stormed the building were “fake Trump protesters.”

Responses

  1. I didn’t think it was racist.

    It was certainly ridiculous and disappointing though as these folks DID break the law and were ready to go a lot further had they been able to confront any law makers directly (zip ties, weapons, military gear, etc…). His statement was an obvious recognition that had they been able to breach security sooner, he would have been safe because these are his people.

    For the record, this sentiment is on the left as well and i find it equally disgusting and lacking in empathy. ANY group willing to resort to violence to emphasize their point should receive nothing but disgust and condemnation from politicians across the board. It doesn’t matter if you support their cause or not.

  2. Clearly Sen. Johnson did not get the memo informing him that simply by virtue of being a white, presumably heterosexual, male with a pulse he is guilty of being an unabashed racist.

    1. Nope there Morte! Your deflective and victimization post does not get a pass. Old lily white RJ is giving voice to his true racist beliefs….that he’s afraid of anyone who doesn’t have the same skin color as he does. And he’s stupid enough to think that any of those far right, white rioters would respect him because he had the same skin color as him. They didn’t show mercy for the white Capitol policemen protecting Him!! Sounds like chickens**t RJ needs to grow a pair AND a conscience. Lol

      1. You obviously couldn’t or wouldn’t recognize snark / sarcasm if it invaded your place of work and smacked you in the face, would you?

        1. Sorry Morte boy but I’m not telepathic nor can I read minds. Lol. Chill out. 😉

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