Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has repeatedly amplified former President Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was somehow stolen by Democrats engaging in widespread fraud. He organized a Senate hearing on so-called election irregularities, where he continued to promote the lie.
After this lie resulted in a mob of pro-Trump extremists mounting a deadly failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol, Johnson defended the rioters.
Now, in a secretly recorded video from journalist Lauren Windsor, Johnson admits that the voting totals in Wisconsin check out, and said Trump's defeat was due to his failure to win enough Republican votes.
EXCLUSIVE: Sen Ron Johnson blames Trump for losing Wisconsin in 2020 and tells me “there’s nothing obviously skewed… https://t.co/OBWQ462ep3— Lauren Windsor (@Lauren Windsor) 1630433240.0
"There's nothing obviously skewed about the results. There isn't."
He also emphasized:
"The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 50 thousand Republican voters didn't vote for him. They voted for other Republican candidates. ... Collectively, Republicans got 1.661 million votes—51 thousand more votes than Trump got. Trump lost by 20 thousand. If all the Republicans voted for Trump the way they voted for assembly candidates, he would've won. And he didn't get 51 thousand votes that other Republicans got, and that's why he lost."
Nevertheless, Johnson still said he would support a partisan forensic audit of the state's results, as is currently happening in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Social media users soon began calling him out.
BREAKING: Ron Johnson blames Trump for losing Wisconsin. Johnson knows Democrats won fair & square—but still pushe… https://t.co/XHNCmPtbLg— Ben Wikler (@Ben Wikler) 1630436475.0
So what we’re finding out here is that @SenRonJohnson has been lying all this time, inciting anger and violence and… https://t.co/S7tESo7211— Tom Nelson (@Tom Nelson) 1630436559.0
Well lookee here. The truth comes out when Ron Johnson thinks nobody is looking. https://t.co/yRyxc7Fjsy— Heather Bucha Whaley (@Heather Bucha Whaley) 1630438392.0
Holy crap… just goes to show that Ron Johnson is not dumb, he’s just a liar. He accidentally tells the truth not k… https://t.co/WI73lkTFff— Texas Voter 🇺🇸 (@Texas Voter 🇺🇸) 1630435364.0
This is the first true thing that Wisconsin Sen Ron Johnson has uttered in a long time. He says the reason TFG lost… https://t.co/CjzIyMJJSz— Marco (@Marco) 1630437340.0
Ron Johnson plays an ignorant buffoon on TV quite often, but behind-the-scenes, he doesn't act like this at all. He… https://t.co/osGREcY0ud— Matthew Sheffield (@Matthew Sheffield) 1630438604.0
Others praised Windsor for coaxing the truth out of him.
Lauren Windsor has a superpower for getting Republicans to expose themselves. https://t.co/UYbUj4WY1f— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1630436338.0
Trump is gonna blow a few gaskets here, well done Lauren Windsor https://t.co/aEfB1zhcH4— Lemi01 (@Lemi01) 1630435154.0
It's unclear if Johnson's comments will see Trump supporters discard him to the "RINO" pile.