The Republican war on truth and reality opened on a new front Sunday morning when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) blurted out the unsubstantiated, outrageous conspiracy theory that somehow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had advance knowledge and details about the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Johnson made the absurd suggestion during an appearance on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Host Maria Bartiromo, undeterred by being named in a defamation lawsuit for spreading false information about the 2020 presidential election, teed up Johnson by asking if he is concerned that he hasn’t received responses to his requests for information about what led up to the riot. “This is how rumors spread. This is how conspiracy theories get spun up,” Johnson said. He then proceeded to float one of his own, while offering absolutely no evidence.
“I always believed that the Russian hoax was a diversionary operation from the corruption that was occurring within certainly the FBI and potentially some of our intelligence agencies. You have to kind of ask the question,” Johnson responded. “What is this impeachment all about? We now know that 45 Republican senators believe it’s unconstitutional. Is this another diversionary operation? Is this meant to deflect away potentially from what the Speaker knew and when she knew it. I don’t know, but I’m suspicious.”
Ron Johnson absurdly floats that Nancy Pelosi is somehow responsible for a MAGA mob descending on the Capitol for a deadly insurrection pic.twitter.com/hUi6SydEe1
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The Wisconsin senator also questioned the need for enhanced security protection at the Capitol, again offering nothing to back up his outrageous supposition.
“We have these eight-foot high fences topped with concertina wire completely surrounding the Capitol,” he said. “We’ve been told they’ll be in place until March. The Capitol is the peoples’ house and it shouldn’t be barricaded. Unless there’s some real threats that I’m not aware of, that they’re not telling us about I think we should take that fencing down. I think the fencing is remaining in place to send a signal, a narrative that 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump are dangerous to our democracy and insurrectionists and that’s simply not the case.”