Weeks after blocking legislation that would've established a bipartisan commission investigating the January 6 Capitol Riots, Republican lawmakers continue to peddle disinformation regarding the failed insurrection's origins and execution.
That day, a mob of pro-Trump extremists—motivated by his lies about the 2020 election—stormed the United States Capitol in hopes of upending the joint congressional session acknowledging then-President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The rioters shattered windows, beat police officers, ransacked lawmakers' offices, called for the hanging of the former Vice President, smeared excrement across the walls, and erected a gallows outside. Multiple people died as a result of the riots and two Capitol Police officers committed suicide in the days after.
But Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, in an interview with far-right Fox host Mark Levin, once again dismissed the idea that the riots were violent, pointing to footage of some Capitol infiltrators who simply walked between velvet ropes.
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"I think it's extremely important to create an accurate historical record of exactly what happened so the false narrative that thousands of armed insurrectionists doesn't last. That's why I have my staff going and reviewing the relevant parts of the 14 hours worth of surveillance and we're finding out some interesting things."
With his emphasis on the importance of "an accurate historical record" of the riots, it's curious, then, that the Senator voted against the establishment of a bipartisan commission investigating them. The legislation allowed for an equal number of Republican members and granted Republican members subpoena power.
He continued to further claim the riots were "non-violent," further concluding:
"They weren't rioting. It doesn't look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breach the Capitol, and I don't condone it, but they're staying within the roped lines in the Rotunda. That's not what armed insurrection would look like."
People were quick to call him out.
Some debated whether Johnson's characterization was deliberate or delusional.
Johnson has previously promoted conspiracy theories that the rioters were secretly anti-Trump.