Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Rips McConnell, Says Capitol Attack Wasn’t an Insurrection

This weekend, the United States senate voted to acquit Donald Trump. 57 of the 100 lawmakers, however, voted to convict the former President. This included 7 Republicans. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech blasting Trump.

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The most sycophantic Republicans in the senate have spent the last two days playing defense. Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson both downplayed the insurrection and blasted the words of McConnell.

Johnson ripped the Senate Majority Leader on Monday during a conversation with Conservative radio host Jay Weber. He said of McConnell’s speech, “it does not reflect, I think, the majority of our conference.” Johnson continued, “You’ve got our leader out there really saying himself impeachment is right to do. But at the same time, he has to realize as our leader, what he says reflects on us. I didn’t particularly like it.

During another radio spot, this one on WISN, Johnson attempted to downplay the seriousness of the Capitol attack. “The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me,” he said. “When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask [at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial]. How many firearms were confiscated? I’m only aware of one.”

Johnson continued, “I’m sitting back in my office watching video of the armed insurrectionists staying within the lines inside the Capitol. They’re not even venturing outside of the roped areas. I’m seeing a bunch of people milling about. It wasn’t ’til I really saw the video in the trial that you really saw what was happening, and how officers got injured.”

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