Republican Senator Ron Johnson is facing calls to resign from Democrats after his controversial remarks about the U.S. Capitol riot.
Johnson says he never “felt threatened” on January 6th because “I knew those were people that love this country” but if “those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”
WATCH: Ron Johnson says he never "felt threatened" on 1/6 because "I knew those were people that love this country" but if "those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned." pic.twitter.com/PZcs89bl1T
— America's Worst Senator (@TheWorstSenator) March 13, 2021
Jessica Floyd, president of Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, said in a statement Friday “Senator Johnson’s remarks are racist and unacceptable. There is nothing patriotic about storming the Capitol to attempt to overturn an election and murder elected officials. Apparently for Ron Johnson, simply being Black is a bigger offense than launching a violent insurrection. Ron Johnson is an embarrassment to the United States Senate and the state of Wisconsin. He needs to resign immediately.”
Senator Johnson told the Hill in response “Out of 7,750 protests last summer associated with BLM and Antifa, 570 turned into violent riots that killed 25 people and caused $1- $2 billion of property damage. That’s why I would have been more concerned.”
Many other Democrats are taking to social media to demand Johnson resign.
Ron Johnson should take a page out of Roy Blunt’s playbook and announce he’s not running.
Or better yet resign today. He won’t be missed.
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) March 8, 2021
— Anne Travous (@atravous) March 13, 2021