Sen. Johnson on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack: 'By and large, it was peaceful protests'

Appearing on “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., insisted the assault on the Capitol was not an insurrection and that “by and large, it was peaceful protests.”

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RON JOHNSON: Even calling it an insurrection, it wasn't. I condemn the breach. I condemn the violence. But to say there were thousands of armed insurrectionists breaching the capital intent on overthrowing the government is just a simply false narrative.

I was vilified for entering into the record a 14-page eyewitness account of a very knowledgeable observer that really laid out exactly what happened. I've been back in Wisconsin. I've talked to people that were there. By and large, it was peaceful protest except for, you know, there were a number of people, basically agitators, that with the crowd and breached the Capitol.

And, you know, that's really the truth of what's happening here. But they like to paint that narrative, so they can paint a broad brush, and basically impugn 75 million Americans, call them potentially domestic terrorists and potential armed insurrectionists as well if they get another chance. So this is all about a narrative that the left wants to continue to push, and Republicans should not cooperate with them at all.