Saturday, March 13, 2021

Speak For Yourself, Senator

Senator Ron Johnson tells a friendly "interviewer"

.... on January 6 I never felt threatened because I didn't because I knew even thousands of people that were marching to the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they want me to vote. I knew that those were people that love this country that truly respect law enforcement, that never would do anything to break the law, so I wasn't concerned

Now, if the tables had been turned, Joe, this could mean trouble. Had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protestors, I might have been a little concerned.


The Washington Post's Dave Weigel notes 'Why is 'how the left would have reacted had Trump won' a hypothetical? Trump won in 2016, there were all sorts of left-wing tantrums, but there was no storming of the Capitol to get Biden to throw out electoral results."

Maybe Ron Johnson wasn't concerned, unlike colleague Mitt Romney and another Republican as a "Hang Mike Pence" chant

was heard in the US Capitol on Wednesday, as a mob incited by the president attempted a putsch, roaming the halls, confronting law enforcement and in some cases apparently planning to kidnap lawmakers.

Jim Bourg, a Reuters picture editor in Washington, said on Twitter: “I heard at least three different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice-President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor. It was a common line being repeated. Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed.”

Five people died as a result of the attack , including a Capitol police officer reportedly struck with a fire extinguisher and a rioter shot by law enforcement. Multiple arrests were made, among them men who brought firearms and explosives to Washington.


Johnson is right about one thing, although not in the manner he intended. If President Trump had won re-election, rioting would have been persistent, considerably worse, and endangered more lives while featuring a triumphant cadre of white nationalists and supremacists. 


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