Here’s a rule of thumb: if you are a national politician and are moved to say, “This is going to get me in trouble,” don’t say “this” unless it is so brilliant that your message will eventually enshrine you in the Yale Book of Quotations…and maybe not even then.
In an interview Thursday with syndicated radio host Joe Pagliarulo, Wisconsin’s GOP Senator Ron Johnson said regarding the January 6 rioters who invaded the Capitol,
“I knew those were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.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.”
Now people are calling Johnson a racist, because he didn’t fear a white mob, but would have feared a black one.
Wow, what a stupid thing to say:
- First, all mobs and all riots are dangerous, and if you’re the target of one or even near one, you should be equally alarmed no matter what its color mix is.
- What does Johnson mean the January 6 rioters “love this country….truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law”? They were breaking the law, and knew it! They fought law enforcement. The riot hurt the country.
- There weren’t “tens of thousands” of rioters on January 6. This is like saying, “I wasn’t really frightened when those two kids broke into my house the other night, but if hundred kids had done, it, then I might have been a little concerned.” Hmmmm, trenchant point, Senator!
Why isn’t Johnson the “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month?” That should be obvious: Andrew Cuomo has that title cornered until he’s out of office.
Meanwhile, Yahoo News, reporting on Johnson’s effort to stuff both feet into his mouth up to the knee, wrote, “Five people died during the assault on the Capitol, including a police officer.” The statement is undeniably false, and at this point one has to call it deliberately false.
No police officer died “during the assault on the Capitol,” and so far, there is scant evidence that an officer died afterwards because of what he endured during the riot. Here is the last reported development involving the death of Brian Sicknick, and it refers to a theory. Theories aren’t facts, and reporting them as facts when they support a news organization’s political agenda is partisan hackery, not journalism.
It is also just a theory that Derek Chauvin “killed” George Floyd, but that is also being reported as fact every day, on multiple news platforms.
Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!