Ron Johnson claims he only tried to overturn the 2020 election for ‘a couple seconds’

Ron Johnson claims he only tried to overturn the 2020 election for ‘a couple seconds’

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says there’s absolutely no reason for him to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection because he only tried to overturn the 2020 election for “a couple seconds.”

During an interview with WISN reporter Matt Smith, Johnson was asked if he would agree to speak with the Jan. 6 committee. Johnson responded:

“No, I had nothing to do with Jan. 6.”

Smith then asked:

“If they asked you to testify, would you?”


“What would they ask me to testify about?”

The reporter explained:

“The Republican electors.”

The Republican replied:

“Again, another grotesque distortion. I had nothing to do with the alternate slate. I had no idea anybody was going to ask me to deliver those. My involvement in that — that attempt to deliver spanned the course of a couple seconds.”

Johnson then nervously added that he had “fielded three texts and sent two and talked to my chief of staff that somebody wants to deliver something.”

“I knew nothing about it, In the end, those electors were not delivered because we found out from the vice president’s staff they didn’t want them delivered. End of story. I know that’s been blown out of proportion.”

“You think so?” Smith inquired.

“I had virtually no involvement! Literally, my involvement lasted seconds. OK?”

However, it certainly appears that Johnson played a bigger role than he claims, as The Washington Post reported in June of last year:

Weeks before the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) held a hearing on election fraud in an attempt to legitimize former president Donald Trump’s false allegations of voting irregularities. Four days before the attack on the Capitol, Johnson signed a statement with nine other Republican senators that they intended to object to certifying Joe Biden’s electors and demand “an emergency 10-day audit of the election.”

This week, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot revealed that Johnson’s chief of staff tried to deliver to Vice President Mike Pence a slate of fake electors backing Trump, raising questions about the Wisconsin Republican’s role in a deliberate and coordinated plan to block Biden’s win and give Trump the presidency.

A couple of seconds? Even if it was only one second, Ron Johnson was trying to overturn a legitimate election. Hopefully voters in the Badger State will send the senator packing in November.

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Will Bishop

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