GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said the Capitol riot wasn't an armed insurrection because people were 'staying within the roped lines'
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said the Capitol riot wasn't an armed insurrection because at least some participants were "staying within the roped lines."
Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Johnson said he and his staff reviewed hours of footage from the Capitol on January 6 to clear the record about what really happened.
"I think it's extremely important to create an accurate historical record of exactly what happened so the false narrative that thousands of armed insurrectionists doesn't last," Johnson said.
When asked by the host Mark Levin what his office had found, Johnson said they saw "309 people" peacefully walking past the police into the Capitol.
Despite the significant amount of footage showing scores of people attacking police officers and breaking into the Capitol through windows and doors while Congress was in session, Johnson has long falsely described the insurrection as a largely peaceful event.
In March, Johnson called the rioters "people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement."
"Had the tables been turned and President Donald Trump won the election and those were thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protestors, I would have been concerned," he told Wisconsin radio at the time.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-sen-ron-johnson-said-the-capitol-riot-wasnt-an-armed-insurrection-because-people-were-staying-within-the-roped-lines/ar-AAL15xN?li=BBnb7Kz