When the votes are counted later this year in Wisconsin for the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) and whoever winds up being his Democratic challenger, don’t be surprised if Johnson winds up losing big, especially in light of what happened Tuesday during a hearing of the January 6 House Select Committee.
Johnson, we now know, played a major role in the scheme to appoint fake electors who would go against the will of the voters and agree to cast their ballots for failed, one-term president Donald Trump, according to CNN:
The House select committee on Tuesday unveiled new information showing the role that Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson played in pushing “fake” electors for then-President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.
A Johnson aide texted a staffer for then-Vice President Mike Pence that the Wisconsin Republican wanted to hand-deliver “fake” electors to Pence just before the start of the January 6 congressional session to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
The committee showed text messages that Johnson aide Sean Riley had sent to Pence aide Chris Hodgson saying that Johnson “needs to hand something to VPOTUS please advise.”
How concerned is Johnson about the revelation? So much so that he pretended to be on his cell phone rather than respond to questions from reporters:
In the exchange with reporters, including Frank Thorp of NBC News, Johnson claimed he was busy with a call so couldn’t take questions about his knowledge of the events.
Wisconsin Democrats are now calling for Johnson to resign. There will also be increasing pressure on him to testify under oath before the Jan. 6 committee:
“Ron Johnson actively tried to undermine this democracy. He literally tried to hand Mike Pence fake ballots,” Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said in a statement. “Once again, Ron Johnson has proven he’s a danger to our country and our fundamental rights. I’m calling for him to resign immediately.”
State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski argued that “it is clear Ron Johnson is a threat to our democracy and is unfit to continue serving in the United States Senate.”
Former state lawmaker Tom Nelson called Johnson “a criminal and a traitor” who should “be prosecuted.”
“He must resign,” Nelson added.
Will Johnson even survive until November? At the moment, that seems to be no better than a 50/50 proposition. And even if he does, his legal problems have only just begun.