He’s going down swinging, give him that:
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday pushed a debunked conspiracy theory to try to absolve Donald Trump and his supporters of guilt in the violent and deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — going as far as to blame the law enforcement officers who were brutally beaten by the pro-Trump mob.
Johnson’s attempt to whitewash the Jan. 6 riot, which left five people dead and more than 100 law enforcement injured, came during a joint Senate hearing to investigate the security failures that led to the attack.
He read from a debunked article published on the right-wing website the Federalist that blamed the attack on “Antifa.” Citing the piece, Johnson went on to suggest that Capitol Police officers themselves were also to blame for the insurrection, for angering what Johnson had described as an otherwise peaceful pro-police group of Trump supporters.
Johnson said that police officers firing tear gas to disperse the crowd is what “changed the crowd’s demeanor” and led the crowd to get violent and storm the building.
“There was an air of disbelief as people realized that the police whom they supported were firing on them,” Johnson read from the article. “‘What are you doing? We support you,’ someone yelled.”
None of this is true.
Indictment after indictment from federal law enforcement lays out proof that Trump supporters attacked the Capitol to try to block President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory from being certified.
You might think “the 1/6 rioters are ANTIFA” and “the 1/6 rioters were peaceful patriots who were forced by police to become a violent mob” are contradictory and addition to being false, but the nice thing about being both stupid and dishonest is that you don’t have to worry about such things.