GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin drew fire Saturday for saying that Trump-supporting Capitol Hill rioters don’t scare him — but Black Lives Matter protesters do.
“I never felt threatened [during the Jan. 6 incursion], because I didn’t,” Johnson said Thursday on talk radio’s “The Joe Pags Show.” “I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement.”
But, he said, “had the tables been turned and … those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”
Wisconsin Democrats reacted with fury.
“What, white people love this country and black people don’t?” state Sen. LaTonya Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s exactly what he’s saying.”
Johnson’s US Senate counterpart, Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin, tweeted Saturday that his comment was proof of “systemic racism.”
More than 300 people have been charged with crimes related to the deadly riot, including Oath Keepers militia members accused of planning to invade the US Capitol.
But Johnson responded with a statement pointing to last summer’s unrest, when violence spinning out from Black Lives Matter protests resulted in 25 deaths and up to $2 billion of property damage, The Hill reported.
“That’s why I would have been more concerned,” he said.