Sen. Ron Johnson insisted this week there was nothing “racial” about his feedback on Black Lives Matter protesters and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and in an op-ed printed Tuesday, acknowledged his statements would get him “in bother” as a result of he was difficult the “left’s false narratives.”
The Wisconsin Republican wrote in a Wall Avenue Journal piece headlined “I Will Not Be Silenced by the Left” that he “had no thought they might so completely twist my phrases and reflexively play the race card.”
He recalled the protests over the summer time in cities throughout the nation following the dying of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police.
“Their politics, along with their style for violence — so totally different from the Trump supporters I do know personally or the Trump rallies all of us noticed carried out peacefully — ought to concern us,” he wrote.
He went on guilty the media for distorting his remarks about Black Lives Matter protesters.
“Most reporters right this moment put advocacy above journalism. As an alternative of conducting interviews with conservatives, they conduct arguments. They push their political viewpoints and are prepared to lie, twist, distort, omit, censor and cancel something or anybody with an opposing view. They’re oblivious to the hurt they’re doing,” he wrote within the op-ed.
“All who worth liberty and free speech should push again,” he mentioned.
The Wisconsin Republican sparked controversy final week on Joe Pagliarulo’s radio present when he mentioned he wasn’t involved about his security in the course of the Capitol riot as a result of the gang of supporters of former President Donald Trump have been “those who love this nation, that really respect regulation enforcement.”
He continued: “Now, had the tables been turned — and Joe, that is going to get me in bother — had the tables been turned and President Trump gained the election and people have been tens of 1000’s of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, I might need been just a little involved.”
Democrats claimed the feedback have been racist.
Johnson informed reporters on Monday that there was “nothing racial about my feedback.”
“This isn’t about race, that is about riots,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been attacked and criticized as a result of I pushed again on the narrative that there have been 1000’s of armed insurrectionists, and that’s only a small a part of the 74 million People that voted for President Trump that additionally must be suspect of being potential home terrorists or additionally probably armed insurrectionists. This can be a false narrative, and so the few of us that push again on that, we get mercilessly attacked,” he mentioned.
5 folks died in the course of the riot on Jan. 6. Greater than 140 regulation enforcement officers have been injured within the siege, together with Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after being attacked.
Two males have been arrested by federal authorities over the weekend for assaulting him.
The riot occurred as a joint session of Congress was certifying the Electoral Faculty vote for President Biden.