Ron Johnson Rails Against Capitol Riot Commission: ‘By and Large It Was Peaceful Protests’ on 1/6 Except for Some ‘Agitators’


Senator Ron Johnson once again insisted that the events of January 6th were not an insurrection and that at the Capitol, “by and large it was peaceful protests.”

35 Republicans joined Democrats in the House to vote to create the 1/6 commission. The House Homeland Security Committee reached a bipartisan agreement last week, but most Republicans voted against it Wednesday and, as for the Senate, Mitch McConnell has publicly made it clear he opposes it.

Laura Ingraham ran the names of all 35 Republicans on screen as she spoke with Johnson on Wednesday night, and said, “I should hope so, that Mitch McConnell is not going to stand with what we obviously already know. This thing has to be defeated in the Senate, because they have already signaled they can’t be fair here.”

Johnson declared he’s doing his own investigation “to really accurately recreate” the events of January 6th.

This was how he went on to describe the events of January 6th:

The fact of the matter is even calling it insurrection, it wasn’t. I condemned the breach, I condemn the violence, but to say there were thousands of armed insurrectionists breaching the Capitol intent on overthrowing the government is just simply a false narrative. I was vilified for entering into the record a 14-page eyewitness account of a very knowledgeable observer that really laid out exactly what happened… By and large it was peaceful protests except for there were a number of people, basically agitators that whipped the crowd and breached the Capitol, and that’s really the truth of what’s happening here. But they like to paint that narrative so they can paint a broad brush and basically impugn 75 million Americans, call them potentially domestic terrorists and potential armed insurrectionists as well.

“So this is all about a narrative that the left wants to continue to push,” Johnson added.

Some Republicans who voted for the commission spoke out earlier Wednesday, with Peter Meijer calling out colleagues “whitewashing” the events of that day and Fred Upton solemnly wondering if there would’ve been worse violence if not for the police response.

Back in March, Johnson said he didn’t feel threatened on January 6th, and added he might have been if it was Black Lives Matter or Antifa protesters.

You can watch above, via Fox News.

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Josh Feldman is a Senior Editor at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter: @feldmaniac