Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is presently trailing successful his reelection bid, said Thursday that his connection to Wisconsin voters is that if they emotion America, they should ballot for him.
“If you emotion this federation and are acrophobic astir its future, articulation us,” Johnson said successful an interrogation with blimpish vigor amusement big Hugh Hewitt, making his transportation to voters. “Join america successful unifying and healing and redeeming this nation. That’s what we request to do.”
Except this is the aforesaid Republican legislator who has admitted to playing a relation successful a crippled to overturn American ideology connected Jan. 6, 2021.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection astatine the Capitol dropped the bombshell successful June that Johnson and his aides were progressive successful an effort to present a database of fake electors from Wisconsin and Michigan to then-Vice President Mike Pence. This was portion of a strategy to unit Pence into switching retired the morganatic database of electors from states won by Biden with the fake list, making it look similar Donald Trump had won.
Johnson has adjacent acknowledged that this happened but has tried to downplay it by saying helium was lone concisely progressive with the plot. The lone crushed helium didn’t present the database of fake electors, helium said, was due to the fact that helium learned that Pence said helium didn’t privation it.
“My engagement successful that effort to present spanned the people of a mates seconds,” helium told a section newsman from WISN-TV past month. “I deliberation I fielded 3 texts and sent two, and talked to my main of unit that ‘Somebody wants you to present something.’ Yeah, I knew thing astir it. And successful the end, those electors were not delivered due to the fact that we recovered retired from the vice president’s unit they didn’t privation them delivered. End of story.”
“I had virtually nary involvement,” helium added aft describing however helium was involved. “Literally, my engagement lasted seconds. OK?”
It’s a stunning admittance that is inactive hiding successful plain sight.
A Johnson spokesperson did not instantly respond to a petition for remark astir however the legislator squares his comments astir loving America with his effort to assistance thwart a democratically elected president.
In the meantime, Johnson continues to person a paid staffer connected his campaign who was 1 of the 10 Wisconsin Republicans to motion the fake paperwork claiming to beryllium an elector backing Trump.
Former fake elector Pam Travis is simply a “dedicated” “grassroots staffer answering phones,” Johnson spokesperson Alexa Henning told NBC News past week. “This is being blown mode retired of proportion.” Henning besides called the revelations astir Travis a “baseless onslaught connected a backstage citizen.”
During his Thursday interrogation with Hewitt, Johnson said helium is “so depressed” that Biden hasn’t done much to bring Americans unneurotic — and past tried to downplay the Capitol insurrection by making mendacious claims astir Black Lives Matter protests.
“Let’s beryllium honest. It is the near that is dividing this nation. It has ever been the near that divides this nation,” helium said. “You know, they privation to ore connected January 6th, which we each condemned, but they privation to wholly disregard and hide the 8,000 mostly peaceful protests. But 570 of those things turned into riots, injured 2,000 instrumentality enforcement officers, $1 to $2 cardinal dollars’ worthy of spot damage, a mates twelve radical died.”
Johnson has made these mendacious claims before. They’re truthful wildly incorrect that they drew a Washington Post “fact check” and earned “three Pinocchios.”