Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who has announced that he is not running for re-election in the next election, is pushing back against Republican Senator Ron Johnson’s version of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol Building. On March 11, 2021 Senator Johnson said that he might have been concerned about his safety if the invading force had been associated with Antifa or Black Lives Matter. While some Republican congresspeople had initially publicly blamed those groups, the Republicans have started to accept that the invading force were from anti-government and/or more Republican-leaning groups and many of their adherents are are Caucasians.
How would he know the invading people were from Antifa or Black Lives Matter? Or if the people looked like they were of a mixed race or another race? Or if the people were looking like Caucasians, he was comfortable with them? That is a fairly strong statement that he himself is prejudiced.
Senator Johnson also said that the Senate area of the Capitol Building was not attacked. This is a false statement, not just an opinion or a misstatement.
And Senator Johnson added that the people who invaded the Capitol Building were “people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law.”
“We don’t need to try and explain away or come up with alternative versions. We all saw what happened,” Blunt told NBC’s “Meet the Press” of January 6 He called January 6 “a terrible day for America,” the Missouri Republican added, “I think it was absolutely unacceptable and we can’t let that kind of thing be repeated again in our country.”
Former President George W. Bush, a Republican, told the Texas Tribune that he was “sick to my stomach … to see our nation’s Capitol being stormed by hostile forces.”
On Sunday, Blunt told NBC that he is “much more in agreement” with Bush’s view of what occurred on January 6. I hope that the Wisconsin voters are listening to Senator Johnson’s offensive comments.