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GOP Senator Claims Capitol Police Caused ‘Festive’ Trump Supporters To Riot

According to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the real blame for the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol lies with members of the Capitol Police who provoked “festive” Trump supporters, leading to the storming of the building and deaths of five people, including a member of the Capitol Police Department.

During a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, Johnson cited an article by  J. Michael Waller of conservative news outlet The Federalist. Waller wrote the crowd had been “positive and festive” and didn’t begin rioting until tear gas was used by police officers. Reading directly from the article, Johnson remarked:

“All of a sudden, pro-police people felt the police were attacking them, and they didn’t know why.

“The pro-police crowd went from confusion, to anger.”

Here’s the flaw in Johnson’s theory: If the crowd was composed of “pro-police people,” why didn’t they immediately disperse when they were asked to? Since when does a “pro-police crowd” turn on the cops and start killing them by beating them to death with a fire extinguisher or wooden flagpole?

It’s amazing just how far Republicans who support Trump are willing to go in order to present a false narrative about what happened on that fateful day six weeks ago. But their efforts will fail and only serve to prove that they care more about their orange savior than their country.

Here’s the video of Sen. Johnson making a complete fool of himself:

By Andrew Bradford

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

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