Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson continued his all-out assault on reality over the weekend, falsely telling a group of conservatives at a local Wisconsin political event that there was no violence on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot.
Saturday’s comments are Johnson’s latest attempt to downplay the truly violent nature of the riot. The GOP senator keeps changing his story. He previously has said that he didn’t feel threatened by the mob that invaded the Capitol that day because most of the people were white supporters of Donald Trump. Had they been supporters of Black Lives Matter, he said during a radio interview, he said he “might have been a little concerned.” Before that he falsely suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose office was ransacked by the rioters and who searched the building for her, had orchestrated the Capitol assault and had recruited “agent provocateurs” to impersonate Trump supporters.
Here’s his latest twist on the tale: “One of the reasons I’m being attacked is because I very honestly said I didn’t feel threatened on Jan. 6. I didn’t. There was much more violence on the House side. There was no violence on the Senate side, in terms of the chamber.”
That statement is demonstrably untrue. Security camera footage and video from witnesses showed that the rioters broke windows on the Senate side of the Capitol and came within feet of entering chamber while senators were still inside. They would have marauded in there if not for the quick thinking of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who lead them away from the entrance to the Senate floor while members were sheltering in place.