Friday, filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner blasted Republican Senator Ron Johnson over his recent remarks on the U.S. Capitol riot that have sparked a firestorm.
Reiner wrote “Ron Johnson said that he was not scared during the Jan.6 insurrection because all the seditionists were white. But he said if they were Black, he would have been frightened.”
“He actually said that out loud. Republicans are not even bothering to hide their racism,” Reiner added.
Ron Johnson said that he was not scared during the Jan.6 insurrection because all the seditionists were white. But he said if they were Black, he would have been frightened. He actually said that out loud. Republicans are not even bothering to hide their racism.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 13, 2021
Reiner’s interpretation of what Johnson said is not quite what he actually said.
Appearing on “the Joe Pags Show,” Johnson said “I’ve also been criticized because I made the comment on Jan. 6 – I never felt threatened, because I didn’t.”
“Even though those thousands of people were marching on the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they wanted me to vote, I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned,” he continued.
“So had the tables been turned, Joe, this could mean trouble. Had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned,” he added.
Many other Democrats also interpreted Johnson’s comments as racist, though it is worth pointing out that a majority of antifa is not black.
Wisconsin state Senator LaTonya Johnson said “what, white people love this country and Black people don’t? That’s exactly what he’s saying.”