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‘Horrible’ Ron Johnson Torched For Praising MAGA Rioters During Racist Bluster

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is facing a fierce backlash for hailing the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol as “patriots who love America” and saying that he was not afraid for his safety during the siege, but would have been had the rioters been affiliated with “Black Lives Matter.”

“Now, had the tables been turned, and Joe — this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned,” Johnson said during an interview last week with radio host Joe Pagliarulo.

Johnson’s remarks drew criticism from Democrats and others in the press and on social media who argued that Johnson had basically admitted that those who stormed the Capitol, killing one police officer and dealing grievous injuries to dozens of others, were his own supporters, while protesters who speak out against police brutality and racism were not.

“For him to say something as racist as that — it’s ridiculous,” Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D), who is Black, told The Associated Press. “It’s a totally racist comment and the insult to injury is he didn’t mind saying it in the position that he holds because for some reason that’s just deemed as acceptable behavior for people who live in and are elected officials in this state.”

“Ron Johnson said the racist part out loud,” tweeted the Lincoln Project.

Wisconsin’s state treasurer Sarah Godlewski (D) added: “Ron Johnson’s racist comments make it clear he stands with violent criminals who threaten our democracy.”

At least seven people died as a result of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. One Capitol Police officer was killed during the attack and two other officers died by suicide in the days after the siege. Dozens of Washington, D.C. metropolitan police were also injured.

“One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake, to name some of the injuries,” the Capitol Police union chairman, Gus Papathanasiou, told The Washington Post.

Check some of the reactions to Ron Johnson’s comments below: