When one forgets we live in a constitutional republic, and instead opts to engage in a personality cult, we wind up with statements like that from Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.
When asked for his view of the attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol Johnson stated, “This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me,” He was interviewed on WISN with conservative talk radio show host Jay Weber.
The remark staggers the sensibilities of anyone who was riveted to the wall-to-wall news coverage on January 6th and saw for themselves the bizarre and dangerous coup attempt. This past week even more incredible and highly-troubling footage of the crimes was shown during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel demonstrated in one paragraph how absurd Johnson’s remark was by pointing out the facts.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson toured the state’s airwaves on Monday making the claim, despite video footage and photos of the attack showing participants erecting a gallows on the Capitol grounds, deploying pepper spray strong enough to harm bears, carrying zip ties, hurling a fire extinguisher, using baseball bats to smash windows, and throwing flags like spears at police officers.
Johnson would have us believe that an insurrection requires firearms to be present. The rest of the nation saw Trump’s supporters beating law enforcement officials with a flag pole. The attempt by Johnson to deny and delude for Trump are examples of what happens when excessive public admiration and devotion are given so as to be in the graces of a powerful person. In others words, to be in the depths of a personality cult.
Having a difference of opinion about policy is one thing. Agreeing to disagree is what politicos undertake every day. But that is not what we are talking about with Johnson. All too often he is gladly regurgitating garbage the nutty far right-wing crowd spews.
In the past, as with a Chicago radio interview, Johnson suggested that former Arizona Senator John McCain’s brain tumor, and the early morning hours, may have affected his vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare.
“Again, I’m not going to speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in.”
Another way to sum up Johnson’s comment is to say it was a despicable gutter ball. One has to be mighty rotten to use cancer as a political weapon.
We even had Johnson demonstrate how removed he is from basic science when he seemed not to be aware of why climate change is occurring. His attempt to play scientist only made him into a very bad comedian.
Today, once again, Johnson embarrassed Wisconsin. But it was far more serious than past public meltdowns as he also undermined democratic values that the majority of the nation holds to so tightly. Treating the offenses of Trump, along with the lowbrow scum who attacked the Capitol in such a cavalier way, has forfeited any right Johnson has going forward to be treated with credibility.
More to the point, we need to sincerely ask if Johnson is a well person. Is he mentally healthy? In the past, I have called upon Mrs. Ron Johnson to pull back on the weekly allowance for her husband. She brought the money to the relationship and needs to treat Ron akin to any other family member who misbehaves so badly in public. But perhaps there needs to be more done to understand if Johnson is able to be on his own.
Perhaps a wellness check is called for as the series of insane and ludicrous comments are coming not only at a faster pace, but also of a more troubling quality. When someone intervenes with Johnson I do have one request. Would the official inquire of Johnson, since the attackers on the building were not ‘armed insurrectionists’, why he did not stay at his seat and welcome them?
And so it goes.