Fairness To Senator Ron Johnson: He’s Not A Racist, He’s Just An Irresponsible Idiot.


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!

15 thoughts on “Fairness To Senator Ron Johnson: He’s Not A Racist, He’s Just An Irresponsible Idiot.

  1. This gives the MSM something to focus on other than the truly dishonest move of Feinstein & co. using the protest to push banning AR type rifles and other useless gun control. Dangerous white nationalists, doncha know.
    No protester used any type of firearm, and the only person shot was by a Capitol policeman who killed an unarmed woman. Would have been big news if she had been black, but details still withheld, and the press not “pressing” on this one.

  2. I myself wouldn’t fear the Proud Boys as much as I’d fear BLM and fear and loathe Antifa. That said, that’s only because under normal circumstances the Proud Boy would probably be ok with me, but BLM and antifa would see me as someone they’d want to beat up or kill. In a riot or other extreme circumstance, my first concern would probably be getting out of danger as rapidly as possible, whoever the dangerous parties were. I think this country would be better off without violent radicals of any stripe, I don’t think any of them have done anything good for it. Johnson is lucky all eyes are on Cuomo.

    Now, I’ve got another ethics question for you. It’s kind of moot, since the pandemic has shut down St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for the second (and hopefully last) time. However, assuming the pandemic didn’t happen (or ended earlier), but the events of last summer did, do you think it would be unethical to go ahead with celebrations that frequently put the police (and other emergency services) front and center? Black Lives Matter would be sure to object, and not quietly.

    • I think cancelling celebrations out of concern for riots would be caving in to the Heckler’s Veto, which is unethical.

      • …something that, of all people, the police should never ever do.

        It would be tantamount to admitting that they are incapable of keeping the peace, which is their job.


  3. Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi, among others, who called the Federal agents defending the Federal courthouse in Portland “stormtroopers?” Weren’t such Federal agents accused of inciting the “mostly peaceful” demonstrations and provoking the “protestors?” Didn’t Trump’s presidency cause the violence in Portland? Now he’s out of office, why is the violence continuing?

      • Murder? Who cares about murder when there’s systemic racism and income inequality and the minimum wage is not a living wage? Murder? You’re talking about the playoffs, er, murder?

  4. I just went and listened to the entire Sen. Johnson interview on the The Joe Pags Show pod cast and my personal opinion is that this part of the interview was taken out of context. The way I hear how the entire conversation transpired I firmly believe that Sen. Johnson was talking about his thoughts before the protest turned into a riot not during or after the riot took place. There is clearly nothing racist about what he said, and I think Sen. Johnson could have and should have been clearer about that. The media is twisting this into a smear of Sen. Johnson.

    I encourage others to go find the interview on the link I provided and make up their own minds. The interview is in the second half of the podcast on the March 11th podcast.

  5. The democrats have been walking around saying that only Trump supporters are evil domestic terrorists and that antifa and BLM are righteous protesters speaking truth to power who barely ever do anything bad. Why shouldn’t republicans go around framing it the opposite way? If everyone gets to be crazy and stupid on one side, the other side will do the same thing.

    Meanwhile, Antifa and BLM are back to burning down Portland, and no one is calling them domestic terrorists or criticizing them at all. BLM is holding armed protests in Louisville and that is just fine.

    30+% of the very far left now approves of violent protest, while less than 5% of very conservative people do, according to the latest Jordan Peterson polling.

    This isn’t racist, it’s politics.

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