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Johnson Spouts Conspiracy Hoax At Riot Hearing

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday solidified his status as the front-running conspiracy hoax purveyor in the United States Senate as he attempted to gaslight – that is, lie to – the entire country by saying that the thousands of insurrectionist rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were anti-Trump.

Johnson has made quite a name for himself lately for his propensity to stand in the well of the Senate floor or go on Fox News programs to publicly say things for which he has no proof. He absurdly proclaimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was the orchestrator of the Capitol invasion in which pro-Trump rioters actively searched her out to assassinate her. Last weekend he told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo that the security fencing that surrounds the Capitol is part of a Democratic plan to demonize the people who voted for Donald Trump.

But at today’s Senate hearing on the Jan. 6 riot, Johnson veered solidly into the Alex Jones/QAnon-type lane by repeating his assertion that the death, violence and property destruction that occurred at his place of work was not an armed insurrection. The senator that some of the people of Wisconsin elected also alleged that “agents-provocateurs” intent on making Trump look bad were responsible for the mayhem.

Johnson read extensively from a Jan. 14 article in “The Federalist” that described many of the marchers as “families with small children. Many were elderly, overweight, or just plain tired or frail. Traits not typically attributed to the riot-prone.”

“Although the crowd represented a broad cross-section of Americans, mostly working-class by their appearance and manner of speech, some people stood out. A very few didn’t share the jovial, friendly, earnest demeanor of the great majority. Some obviously didn’t fit in.

“Among them were younger twentysomethings wearing new Trump or MAGA hats, often with the visor in the back, showing no enthusiasm and either looking at the ground, glowering, or holding out their phones with outstretched arms to make videos of as many faces as possible in the crowd.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), chair of the committee, dismissed Johnson’s musings for what they are, saying, “I’m not one bit surprised that Ron Johnson has again engaged in a conspiracy theory — that’s what he does.” She also closed out the hearing with a biting reference to her Wisconsin colleague.



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