By this point, it’s obvious that chances are good that anything emanating from the mouths of Republican politicians will be an outright lie.
It’s rare, however, that you find a prominent GOP senator revealing, even privately, that he’s been repeatedly spouting falsehoods on a regular basis for his own political benefit.
That Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been a promoter of Donald Trump’s “big lie” that ballot fraud was the only reason that he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden has been obvious since he was one of multiple Republicans who voted against certifying the electoral college results back on that fateful day of January 6th, despite the insurrection that almost prevented the vote from ever taking place.
At the time, Johnson explained his vote by stating that “the fact of the matter is that we have an unsustainable state of affairs in this country where we have tens of millions of people that do not view this election result as legitimate.”
Johnson neglected to mention that the reason those folks rejected the legitimacy of the election results was Donald Trump’s false accusations of fraud which were rejected time and again by the courts after his failure to produce any credible evidence of his claims.
The lie was, nonetheless, repeated and amplified innumerable times by Fox News and other extremist media outlets, and by cowering GOP politicians fearful of a primary challenge by a more Trump-friendly opponent.
While Senator Johnson continued to promote the GOP party line in public — when he wasn’t too busy spreading vaccine misinformation about the COVID pandemic — behind closed doors, he was telling an entirely different story according to a recently disclosed secretly recorded video.
Independent journalist Lauren Windsor posted a video on Twitter of Johnson speaking with a Trump-supporting constituent at the GOP Chicken Burn on Sunday in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin about her contention that Joe Biden couldn’t have really won the state’s electoral votes.
In the video, Johnson admits that Biden’s victory in Wisconsin was legitimate and provides the real reason that the twice-impeached former president lost the key swing state.
“Collectively, the state assembly candidates, just Republican state assembly candidates, got [1.661 million] votes,” Johnson accurately stated. “The eight congressional candidates also got [1.661 million], so we obviously counted enough Republican votes. The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 51,000 Republican voters didn’t vote for him.”
That wasn’t enough for his inquisitor, who proceeded to ask him directly whether Biden won Wisconson’s electoral votes “fair and square.”
“Well, look at the totals,” Johnson responded. “It’s certainly plausible, there’s nothing obviously skewed about the results. There isn’t!”
Trump “didn’t get 51,000 votes that other Republicans got, and that’s why he lost,” Johnson said, contradicting his previous public statements on the matter.
His hypocrisy exposed, Johnson seems to be setting himself up for failure among MAGA voters in his state by turning his back on a basic tenet of the Trump cult as he decides whether he will try to seek re-election next year.
You can watch the secretly recorded video of Senator Johnson in the clip below.
EXCLUSIVE: Sen Ron Johnson blames Trump for losing Wisconsin in 2020 and tells me “there’s nothing obviously skewed about the results.” pic.twitter.com/OeRkVkkVAN
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) August 31, 2021
Original reporting by Brad Reed at RawStory.
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