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GOP Sen. Praises White Capitol Rioters—But Says He Would've Been 'Concerned' Had They Been BLM

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During a recent radio interview, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin freely admitted he "wasn't frightened" by the White supremacist insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol on January 6, though he would have been "concerned" if they were Black.

You can hear the interview here:

Speaking with Joe Pags, Johnson piggybacked off earlier controversial comments he "never felt threatened" by the insurrection, saying:

"Now, had the tables been turned, Joe, and this'll 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."


Twitter harshly criticized Johnson for his blatant racism.



Johnson also said of the White supremacists that stormed the Capitol:

"I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement [and] would never do anything to break a law, and so I wasn't concerned."

Five people—including a Capitol police officer—died as a result of the January 6 Trump supporter riot. Police were chased, attacked and beaten and over 300 rioters have been charged with a crime.

Many more indictments are expected in the near future.



Johnson seems to have learned a lesson from Trump.

If you freely admit what most would keep secret like racism, you will often go unpunished for shameful behavior.



At this point, Johnson seems to be embracing his image as a racist.



Johnson even said during the interview he suspected his comments would get him into trouble, and he was absolutely right.

Such baldfaced racism should have no place in American politics and many want Johnson censured accordingly.