Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote a piece for The Washington Post on Wednesday calling on the entire U.S. Senate to rebuke Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) after his racist remarks during a radio interview last week.
Johnson said then that he was not afraid of the attackers that stormed the U.S. Capitol because they weren’t members of Black Lives Matter or Antifa. Johnson claimed that the people that did storm the Capitol “love this country, and truly respect law enforcement.”
As Rubin points out, the mob did not “truly respect law enforcement,” considering that many of them were caught on video attacking police officers, and Republicans have been mostly silent about Johnson’s remarks.
But Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) isn’t keeping silent.
“For Sen. Johnson to cast those who attacked the Capitol as harmless patriots while stoking fear of Black Americans is like rubbing salt in an open wound,” Menendez said on the Senate floor this Tuesday. “Everyone in this body should know that when you perpetuate such racist tropes, you contribute to a culture that gives people permission to treat Black Americans as suspicious and their lives as expendable.”
According to Rubin, Menendez and his colleagues should follow up with a resolution formally condemning Johnson.
“Unfortunately, it seems today’s GOP more closely resembles the 1948 Dixiecrats than it does the GOP of 2002. Johnson will certainly not resign, and if a resolution of condemnation is brought, I would be shocked if a single Republican voted to rebuke him,” Rubin writes.
You can read Rubin’s full column HERE.