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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says he’d be “more concerned” by Black Lives Matter protesters than the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol.
Claiming the Jan. 6 rioters “truly respect law enforcement,” the controversial right-wing lawmaker said he wasn’t worried even as they hunting down lawmakers and threatening to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“I knew those were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law,” Johnson told right-wing radio host Joe Pagliarulo on Thursday. “So I wasn’t concerned.”
The staunch supporter of former President Trump said he would’ve been more worried if racial justice protesters had been rallying.
“Had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned,” he said.
Fact checkers say there is no valid comparison between the racial justice protests that swept the country last summer and the historic attack on the Capitol, which aimed to overturn the election results by preventing Congress from certifying President Biden’s victory.
Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, were killed in the pro-Trump riot.
Johnson, who faces a difficult reelection fight in 2022, quickly drew fire from political opponents for his claim.
Milwaukee Bucks executive Marc Lasry and Outgamie County executive Tom Nelson, who are vying for the Democratic nomination to face Johnson next year, both called him out.
“It is who he is,” Lasry said. Nelson called the statement “a despicable new low.”
Although the free pass for the Jan. 6 extremists made headlines, Johnson may have inadvertently made a significant admission: President Biden won the election.
By framing the hypothetical “had Trump won,” Johnson effectively gave up the ghost and conceded that the former president did in fact lose, a reality that fellow Trump supporters have spent months denying.