Just because a person is elected to the United States Senate in the 21st century does not mean they are reticent about using racist words and thoughts. Just consider why that is true after learning what Wisconsin’s conservative senator Ron Johnson did this week.
On a conservative radio show, where apparently it is so relaxed that a guest will start to utter the most racist and outlandish comments, Johnson gave his views on the deadly mob which attacked our nation’s Capitol on January 6th. The senator stated he did not feel threatened when the mob stormed the building but would have felt much different had the ones who breached it been black.
Speaking of the Trump Terrorists who raged for hours as the Electoral college votes were being counted Johnson said, “I knew those are people that love this country, that truly respects law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.”
I guess Johnson just assumes we have forgotten what happened that day. After the terrorists seized the building and tore about the death toll was five people. That included a police officer along with two other officers who were on duty that day and later died by suicide. Add on the more than 100 police officers who were injured and then wonder what in hell Johnson was talking about this mob being “people that love this country”!
The video footage of officers being threatened, sprayed with elements that were designed to stop bears, and beaten with any object attainable is not what my readers view as “people that love this country”. Those who treated law enforcement that way are criminals.
Had Johnson just stopped talking at that point in the interview he still would have needed to feel the heat for his betrayal of law enforcement. But there was more this conservative wanted to say.
“Now, had the tables been turned — now, Joe, this will get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned,” Johnson said.
That comment from Johnson is nothing new from a conservative, as this is who and what they are. What is most shocking is the carefree and open manner in which the most awful thoughts now tumble from their mouths.
It needs noting that Johnson was not seated at his desk in the senate chambers to greet the lovers of this country as they stormed in, but doing what every other sensible person in that building did. Hide and stay quiet. What is truly upsetting to me, then, is that Johnson knows full well the threat that existed on the 6th. Yet this week he willingly unleashed all-out racism when talking about the events at the Capitol. Johnson knew his words would connect to the racist and vile base that now makes up the Republican Party.
So what if we see him as a stain on Wisconsin? What Johnson said is what the GOP now wants to hear, and more than that what they openly espouse.