Ultra-conservative Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said he condoned white supremacy before quickly correcting the slip of the tongue to say he condemned it, but people on the internet mercilessly pounced anyway.
quite the slip from Ron Johnson here 😬 pic.twitter.com/0zweRhruJX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 20, 2022
“Paging Dr. Freud,” one Twitter user cracked.
That Johnson made his gaffe in an interview with fellow rightie Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business only made it worse. One jokester imagined Bartiromo’s response to be: “Jeez, remember to ‘dog whistle,’ Ron, like we practiced!”
Johnson’s record on race happens to be problematic. In a 2020 interview, he refused to condemn Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two Black Lives Matters protesters. Johnson said “justice has been served” when Rittenhouse was acquitted.
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Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of the immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera, said in August that Johnson’s hyperbolic comments about border security aimed “to align with Trump and the far right to try to peddle hatemongering and division.”
In 2021, Johnson was accused of racism for saying he wasn’t concerned about the Capitol rioters, but would have been had they belonged to Black Lives Matter or Antifa.
Johnson, who faces Democrat Mandela Barnes in November’s election, was part of a fake-electors plot to reverse Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
One critic called his blunder with Bartiromo an “all-time Freudian slip.”
Check out other tweets:
Paging Dr. Freud…
— Graham C (@grahamcraig3) September 21, 2022
They all eventually tell on themselves.
— Dormur (@Dormur1) September 21, 2022
The truth always falls out his mouth!
— Dark Darnell Branch 🇺🇸💙💙💙 (@BacksweetBranch) September 21, 2022
Maria Bartiromo: Jeez, remember to "dog whistle," Ron, like we practiced! pic.twitter.com/3P8UEIuRdF
— Robert Johnson (@Rob184rob) September 20, 2022
That's not a slip up. That's the first time Ron Johnson has said anything truthful in years.
— MarkMyWords (@jojobirdie29) September 20, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.