Sen. Ron Johnson Says He Did Not Feel Threatened by Capitol Mob, May Have If BLM and Antifa

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is suggesting he may have felt threatened by those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 if they were Black Lives Matter protesters and far-left “antifa” activists.

Speaking on “The Joe Pags Show” podcast, Johnson touched on the Capitol riot that occurred earlier this year on the day Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s election win.

“I’ve also been criticized because I made the comment on Jan. 6 – I never felt threatened, because I didn’t,” he said on Thursday.

The Republican lawmaker continued, “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 added:

“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.”

“Wow,” radio talk show host Joe Pags responded, adding, “That’s a big statement.”

Listen to the podcast below (around 1:04:00):

The senator came under criticism for those remarks, including from Jessica Floyd, president of Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, who said, “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,” according to The Hill.

“Apparently for Ron Johnson, simply being Black is a bigger offense than launching a violent insurrection,” Floyd added. “Ron Johnson is an embarrassment to the United States Senate and the state of Wisconsin. He needs to resign immediately.”

Johnson previously found himself making headlines after he read a piece from The Federalist during a Senate hearing where he raised the claims “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” planned the insurrection on Jan. 6.

He later told The New York Times in defense of raising those claims, “I think it’s important, if we’re going to really get the whole truth, to understand exactly what happened, we need to look at different vantage points, different perspectives.”

“It might be a flawed part of the evidence, but why exclude it? Just because it doesn’t necessarily tie into whatever narrative somebody else wants to tell about the day? I’m not interested in the narratives, I’m interested in the truth,” Johnson later added.

Responses

  1. So isn’t Johnson admitting, in a convoluted manner, that it wasn’t Antifa or BLM involved in the storming, because he didn’t feel threatened?

  2. A video was posted of the protestors ripping off black Antifa and putting Trump support colors on.
    There also was the usual supply of useful items to carry put in place to pick up.
    All was done just the same as in Portland. That is always left out of the reporting.

    1. How do you explain all the right wing “protestors” being arrested by the FBI that were identified by videos they posted of themselves breaking the law that day? These are people who are pretty open for their hatred of BLM and antifa.

      Is that all just fake news?

  3. Ok, so how i read this is that Democrats were completely justified in being scared.

    And the fact is, these people absolutely broke the law with what they did. It doesn’t matter you think they loved this country. They came in with zip ties and were ready to do a lot worse had security not locked down the folks in congress. The problem with ANY group that breaks the law protesting (and there’s generallt a subset that does) is that they always feel they are justified. Our politicians on either side have done a terrible job tempering their radicals – fueling the fire gets so much more media and campaign donantions.

  4. Is it unreasonable to say you would be afraid or concerned if Antifa or BLM were storming the Capitol, when those groups just spent the last year looting and burning down cities across the country? I don’t think so.

      1. So obtuse. Bob Mueller cost how much on a bogus investigation? Burn and loot cost how much for the summer of love? 2500 cops injured during those peaceful protests.

    1. Joel is it unreasonable to say you wouldn’t be afraid of QAnon and Proud Boys storming the Capitol? You would only be afraid of BLM protesters? You should be afraid of both if you aren’t a racist.

  5. Ron Johnson is afraid of black Americans, afraid of liberal Americans, and afraid to accept the truth.

    1. I will bet Joyce you reside somewhere in suburbia America surrounded by white faces

  6. There is no doubt that trump incited the storming of the capital; all the online chatter leading up to it is proof enough, it’s simply that the majority of republicans who voted not to impeach him makes it appear as if he didn’t have anything to do with it.
    You can’t argue with film footage.
    You can’t argue with the many people who still say “I went to the capital on January 6th because trump told me and all of us to go.
    You can’t argue with clearly written posts all across social media.
    Typical racists try to deflect and place blame on the innocent—
    And of course it goes straight to Black Lives Matter, who clearly had nothing to do with what trump tried to do—tried to overturn the election in ANY way he could, and he failed, and a large portion of republicans can’t deal with it.
    But too bad.
    He’s a “one termer”
    Impeached twice.
    And under investigation for criminal behavior.
    Every dog gets his day 😊

    1. So nice to see that Trump still triggers you. He didn’t incite anything on the 6th of January. It was All a set-up to get him out of office and disqualified from ever running for office again. Guess what bud, that attempt Failed just like the First impeachment. You had No Facts to back up Anything that was charged. By all rights, those in YOUR party said much worse things and never had a thing done to them. Isn’t Free Speech Great, You Couldn’t prove Intent and that’s the kicker of the whole thing. You had Absolutely Nothing to work with except Hate for Trump. THAT’S Why Supreme Court Justice Roberts refused to officiate the Impeachment. He Knew it wasn’t Legal and nothing more than a Show of Stupidity by the Democrats in Office. Get over it, Twice you failed to Convict on bogus charges. SMDH

      1. You mean twice your Republican Senators looked the other way because they were afraid of never getting elected. They care more about their own hide than they do for the USA. Just like Trump. It’s not over yet. Those Senators don’t matter anymore, he’s not the President.

    2. Delusional much? Put your mask on and hide in your safe space so words can’t hurt you. Orange man bad!

  7. Johnson tells the truth and immediately, Jessica Floyd plays the race card. All through 2020, Antifa and the BoweL Movement rioted and destroyed property, roamed through the suburbs telling Whites to get out of their houses and give them to blacks. Those are the people to be concerned about. Of course, the Democrat State Media called that “peaceful protests”.

    ” There is nothing patriotic about storming the Capitol to attempt to overturn an election and murder elected officials” Overturning a crooked election where Democrats stuffed the ballot boxes with just enough votes to give Mad King Biden the win in the middle of the night when counting had reportedly been stopped until morning, all in Democrat controlled districts. No one killed or was going to murder elected officials except maybe the Antifa and BoweL Movement scum that were there to cause trouble and violence. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats!

  8. the BLM and Antifa left the scene because they couldn’t find any large screen TV’s and booze to steal….

  9. In 2011 I stopped looking for logic in what Ron Johnson says. He has not gotten less logical because there never was any.

    1. Syphilis – What would you know about logic? All you know about is lying and repeat, repeat, repeat everything the Democrat State Media says.

    2. It is always surprising when a successful businessman lacks critical thinking skills. Based on the other comments here, he is far from alone in his belief in crazy conspiracies and eagerness to spread lies.

  10. They were the first ones there. The Trump people were down watching Trump at his rally. Then they went to the capitol. The Capitol had already been breached by that time. Democrats can make up anything and the media believes it. Like Joe Biden being a true Presidents without voter fraud.

      1. They would be Antifa and the BLM, who started breaking windows while the Trump supporters tried to stop them. That was captured on video. You can watch it if you’d like the truth. What am I thinking? You’re not interested in the truth.

        1. You must be out of touch or out of your mind, Chuckles. Everyone has already watched all the videos. And you are either telling lies, or falling victim to a very special limited source of information. Here are the facts, from the investigation currently underway. No reports of any Black Lives Matter members. And no Antifa.
          Authorities have connected at least 46 alleged rioters to extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Texas Freedom Force and the conspiracy group QAnon. All radical right-wingnuts. You clearly are not qualified to accuse anyone else of not being interested in the truth.

          1. Who bailed out all those peaceful protestors during a summer of burn and loot?

        2. She has Never been interested in anything but trashing Trump and Conservatives. It’s her MO

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