Up to now, Republicans have sought to equate the largely white crowd of insurrectionists with multiracial crowds protesting police brutality in opposition to Black Individuals over the summer season.
New proof from federal prosecutors exhibits there was a contingent of white supremacists among the many rioters through the Jan. 6 rebellion, in addition to extremist militia and paramilitary teams. The rebellion left a number of individuals lifeless and a whole lot of individuals have been charged in connection to the occasions of Jan. 6.
Johnson’s feedback sparked outrage from Democratic lawmakers.
Rep. Mark Pocan, who’s from Johnson’s state of Wisconsin, laid into Johnson in a tweet Saturday morning, saying the feedback had been “critically embarrassing to our state.”
“We’ve moved from simply plain previous fringe, extremist rants to fringe extremist and racist rants,” Pocan stated.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) referred to as Johnson’s feedback “beautiful” on MSNBC Saturday morning, saying that the violent mob confirmed that “white supremacy is a menace to each American life and to our democracy.”
“Damning commentary, however definitely not shocking,” Pressley stated.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) questioned Johnson’s obvious lack of concern in a tweet Friday.
“I reviewed most of the movies and statements we submitted through the Impeachment trial. The mob murdered a police officer and injured 140 different officers,” Lieu wrote. “They’d have damage you in the event that they received their palms on you. That’s why Senators hid that day. Bear in mind?”
Johnson’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Within the interview, Johnson additionally falsely claimed the armed rebellion was not an armed rebellion.
Legislation enforcement authorities have stated they discovered weapons and bombs on rioters. Rioters chanted “Hold Mike Pence,” erected a noose, carried zip ties and amongst different issues, some are going through weapons prices associated to the rebellion, together with assault on a police officer with a harmful weapon.
Johnson additionally has pushed the conspiracy concept that exterior provocateurs had been a part of the riots, a declare Trump backers have usually made.
FBI Director Christopher Wray stated at a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to that there’s “no proof” Antifa had any position within the rebellion.