After pushing the wildly inaccurate claim last week that the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection,” Senator Ron Johnson is back in the news for peddling new lies seeking to downplay the severity of and causes that fueled the violent mob attack against Congress. Johnson is facing a fresh round of well-deserved criticism for his latest false conspiracy that it was actually “left-wing ‘provocateurs’ and ‘fake’ Trump supporters” who were behind the attack on the Capitol. Johnson has also made the demonstrably false claim that House Democrats only impeached Trump as a “diversionary operation” from scrutiny of their actions around the riot.
Senator Johnson’s latest claims reflect his transformation into “a collector of crackpot theories and conspiracies.” The vulnerable incumbent’s numerous unhinged claims about the January 6th rioting have come under fire for being “ridiculous revisionist history,” and critics within his own party “promptly slammed Johnson over his unfounded suggestions” and called them “disgraceful.” Local TV has denounced Johnson for deciding to “elevate misinformation,” and the Editorial Board of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper wrote that Johnson’s dangerous embrace of false conspiracies “shows why Wisconsin’s senior senator has to go.”
Johnson is facing a difficult re-election, with recent polling revealing that he is starting the 2022 cycle as “the most unpopular Republican…up for re-election next year.”
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