While appearing on a conservative radio show Thursday, Johnson testified that he did “I never felt threatened”
during the Capitol attack, explaining, “I knew they were people who love this country, who truly respect law enforcement, who would never do anything to break the law, and therefore I didn’t care.” Johnson then added that if the protesters “were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, he might have been a little worried.”
These comments rightly provoked a quick reaction. First, Johnson’s observation that the Jan. 6 attackers were people who “respected law enforcement” and would not break the law is obviously not true since the attack. carried
the death of police officer Brian Sicknick and the injury of another 140 police officers that day. Since then, more than 315 people
they have been arrested for their roles in the attack and charged with various crimes, from assault to conspiracy to commit federal crimes. If that’s law-abiding, I wouldn’t want to see what Johnson thinks is illegal.
But it was the fanatical aspect of Johnson’s statements that provoked the most severe criticism. For example, Wisconsin State Sen. LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, crashed into Johnson
, saying, “What, whites love this country and blacks don’t? That’s exactly what he’s saying.” He added: “It’s a totally racist comment.”
Here’s the thing, though. Johnson finally shared his truth. Johnson did not feel “threatened” when he saw an angry sea of almost exclusively white people dressed in MAGA equipment and wearing, greeting and blinking. a buffet
of the white supremacist and other far-right symbols. He did not feel threatened when he saw them assaulting police officers with metal sticks and pepper spray or building a gallows to hang him. “traitors.”
And why would he do that? They were the people of Trump and Johnson, being a devout supporter of Trump, had nothing to fear. After all, why would Johnson fear his own political supporters? Johnson expressed his honest vision, and one I am betting on is shared by other Trump loyalists in Congress.
The Jan. 6 attack was a show of white supremacy aimed at keeping Trump in power. Just look at the people arrested so far. FBI Director Christopher Wray he declared
in early March, “a good number” of the accused “identify with the proud boys or guardians of the oath,” as well as with “racially motivated violent extremists who defend … white supremacy.”
The Proud Boys are well-known supporters of Trump. When Trump was asked to denounce white supremacist groups during a September presidential debate, he declared
, “Proud guys, stand back and wait.” Proud Boys members: an organization suing the Southern Poverty Law Center to appoint it a hate group
– celebrated Trump’s words, even sharing a new online logo that included the quote “Stand back and stand by.”
Just this week we learned that a second Oath Keeper
Arrested for his role in the Jan. 6 attack had provided security the day before to Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, convicted of several crimes and forgiven by Trump
in December. Even before January 6, the founder of Oath Keepers had it publicly he declared
“Our POTUS will not go down without a fight,” he added, “These elections were stolen from We The People. We prevail, but we need your help!”
And when it comes to white supremacists, it can’t be argued that they were made to feel welcome in the Republican Party during the Trump era, that has routinely retweeted
White supremacists and repeatedly defended
Confederate symbols. As a personal note, I even had to deal with Trump-loving white supremacists threatening to kill me
for an article I wrote in 2017 shocking Trump’s failure to denounce violence motivated by white supremacists.
Johnson, whose term has ended in 2022, has not yet said whether he will seek re-election. But his recent comments sound like those of a candidate who wants to favor the Trump coalition. If Johnson runs again, the hope is that the people of Wisconsin will reject him as Trump did in 2020. This would be another positive step in eradicating the cancer known as Trumpism from mainstream American politics.