Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), currently trailing in his re-election bid, said Thursday that his message to Wisconsin voters is that if they love America, they should vote for him.
“If you love this nation and are concerned about its future, join us,” Johnson said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, making his pitch to voters. “Join us in unifying and healing and saving this nation. That’s what we have to do.”
Except this is the same Republican senator who admitted to playing a role in a plot to overthrow the American republic on January 6, 2021.
The House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill dropped the bomb in June that Johnson and his aides were involved in an attempt to deliver a list of fraudulent voters from Wisconsin and Michigan to then-Vice President Mike Pence. This was part of a plan to pressure Pence to switch the legitimate list of electors from states won by Biden with the fake list, making it look like Donald Trump had won.
Johnson even admitted that this happened, but tried to downplay it by saying that he was only briefly involved in the plot. The only reason he didn’t hand over the list of bogus voters, he said, was because he learned Pence said he didn’t want it.
“My involvement in this attempt to deliver lasted a few seconds,” he said he told a local reporter from WISN-TV last month. “I think I sent three texts and I sent two and I talked to my chief of staff that ‘Someone wants you to deliver something.’ Yeah, I didn’t know anything about that. And ultimately, those electors didn’t surrender because we learned from the vice president’s staff that they didn’t want to surrender. End of story.”
“I had virtually no involvement,” he added, before describing how he actually got involved. “Literally, my engagement took seconds. OKAY?”
It’s an amazing admission that still hides in plain sight.
A spokesman for Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the senator is framing his love-America remarks in an effort to help prevent a democratically elected president.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who admitted to playing a role in trying to rig the results of the Electoral College in 2020, said people who love America should vote him for re-election. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Johnson he continues to have a paid staffer on his campaign who was one of 10 Wisconsin Republicans who signed the fake documents claiming to be a Trump-supporting elector.
Former fake voter Pam Travis is “dedicated to“Base personnel are answering the phones,” Johnson spokeswoman Alexa Henning said NBC News Last week. “This is way out of proportion.” Henning also called the revelations about Travis “baseless attack on a private person.”
During his Thursday interview with Hewitt, Johnson said he’s “so depressed” that Biden hasn’t done more to bring Americans together — and then tried to downplay the Capitol uprising by making false claims about the Black Lives Matter protests.
“Let’s be honest. It’s the left that’s dividing this nation. It’s always been the left that’s dividing this nation,” he said. “You know, they want to focus on January 6th, which we all condemned, but they want to completely ignore and bury the 8,000 largely peaceful protests. But 570 of those things turned into riots, injured 2,000 law enforcement officers, $1 billion to $2 billion in property damage, a few dozen people died.”
Johnson has made these false claims before. They are so wildly wrong that they do compiled a Washington Post “fact check.” and won “three Pinocchios”.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.