(CNN) — Every now and then a member of Congress says something that cannot be believed.
These days, most of the time that person is Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson. This is what Johnson said over the weekend speaking about the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill:
“This did not seem like an armed insurrection to me. When you hear the word ‘armed’, don’t you think of firearms? These are the questions I would have liked to ask: How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired?
Well, as of Monday morning, more than 221 people had been arrested as a result of the Capitol riots, according to CNN reports. (These are some of the most prominent). Five people died in the riots. And while the overloaded police were in no position to confiscate the pistols and other weapons brought by the agitators to the Capitol, PolitiFact wrote Sunday night they can still ‘identify versions that numerous weapons were found in and around the Capitol, carried there in some cases by people who saw themselves as soldiers in a war.
And then there is this from CNN reports late last week:
On Thursday, prosecutors also said they believe pro-Trump paramilitaries discussed transporting weapons across the Potomac River to Washington.
The plan to move weapons by ship is mentioned in a Justice Department court document that argues in favor of keeping Thomas Caldwell, a Virginia man accused of conspiracy in jail, who allegedly helped organize the Oath Keeper and agitators. other extremist groups’.
That Ron Johnson is so drastically disconnected from reality is deeply troubling. But it is not at all surprising.
After all, earlier this month Johnson pushed for a savage conspiracy theory about the origins of the January 6 riot. This is what he said during an interview on Fox News February 7:
Well again, I have always believed the Russian hoax was a diversionary operation from the corruption that was certainly going on within the FBI and potentially in some of our Intelligence agencies.
You have to ask yourself, what is this impeachment about? We now know that 45 Republican senators believe it is unconstitutional. Is this another distraction operation? Is this about diverting attention from what the Speaker of the House of Representatives potentially knew and when did she know it?
I do not know. But i suspect
Uh huh. This goes without saying, but there is no evidence that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi of California:
a) did something wrong during the riot or
b) has accused Donald Trump to cover up said non-existent irregularity.
And Johnson too has been in front in regards to downplaying the severity of the covid-19 pandemic. Last spring, Johnson argued that the economy needed to reopen because, well, people die all the time. He wrote this in a opinion article in USA Today:
All premature death is a tragedy, but death is an inevitable part of life. More than 2.8 million die each year, nearly 7,700 a day. The 2017-18 flu season was exceptionally bad, credited with 61,000 deaths. Can you imagine the panic if those mortality statistics were attributed to a new virus and reported non-stop? “
Ron Johnson has yet to decide whether to run for reelection next November. During his 2016 campaign, he promised that this it would be his last termbut has since backed down.
Johnson has also been proposed as a possible candidate against Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in 2022.
If Ron Johnson is planning to run for re-election or for governor, he has a very strange way of doing it. While his downplaying of the Capitol riots and his other conspiracy theories might work well with Trump’s base, Wisconsin voted for Joe Biden in front of the 45th president last November. And it’s hard to see how Johnson’s wildly irresponsible comments are going to win him over to undecided voters.
CNN’s Paul Murphy contributed to this report.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism