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As He Fades In The Polls, Ron Johnson Whines: ‘People Think I’m A Tool Of Russia’

Everything is falling apart for Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson as he tries to win re-election, and yet he can’t accept the reason he’s fading in the polls is because voters in the Badger State are sick and tired of his excuses and lies.

Johnson was on Fox News this morning to whine that he’s behind in the polls to his Democratic challenger, Mandela Barnes, because Democrats are engaging in voter suppression by trying to paint him as a “tool” of Russia.

During the interview, Fox host Maria Bartiromo suggested that there was every reason to “distrust” the validity of elections in the United States:

“That was part of what went on in 2020. People were questioning. Well, can we trust them? We know what they just did in the Russia collusion hoax.

“You say they are interfering with your election, because of these smears on you.”

She then added:

“Tell me about your opponent and why you believe you are being smeared and this is the result: 50% for [Mandela] Barnes, 46% for Johnson in the Wisconsin senate race [polls].”

Democrats “interfered in the 2020 election far greater than anything Russia or China could ever do,” Johnson insisted, alleging that Democrats leaked a document showing his connections to Russia.

“Basically saying that I’m a tool of Russia, which I am not. It’s a completely false accusation. The Wisconsin press picks that up and [some] people in Wisconsin think I’m a tool of Vladimir Putin.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. But they have smeared me publicly and they just might impact the 2022 election here in Wisconsin as well. Because, let’s face it, Maria, they do not want me reelected because I would be chairman on the permanent subcommittee on investigations. They know I will investigate their corruption.”

What the senator neglected to mention, however, is why exactly he’s seen as a “tool” of Russia: Because he and other Republicans visited Moscow on July 4, 2018, as was reported by Roll Call:

One of the Republican senators back from a trip to Moscow is suggesting that Congress went too far in punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I’ve been pretty upfront that the election interference — as serious as that was, and unacceptable — is not the greatest threat to our democracy,” Sen. Ron Johnson said in an interview with the Washington Examiner published over the weekend. “We’ve blown it way out of proportion.”

“We need to really honestly assess what actually happened, what effect did it have, and what effect are our sanctions actually having, positively and negatively,” the Republican from Wisconsin said.

Why would people think Johnson is a tool of Russia? Probably because he acts, looks, and talks just like one.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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