GOP Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) called out Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday for his statements accusing former President Donald Trump of “inciting an insurrection” at the Capitol on January 6, stating that the riot “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection”
“The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me. When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask [at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial], how many firearms were confiscated? I’m only aware of one. If that was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots”, said Johnson.
Johnson said “groups of agitators” are to blame for the riot at the Capitol, not all Trump supporters.
On Saturday during the impeachment trial McConnell voted to acquit Trump, yet paired it with a scathing floor speech in which he declared his beliefs that the former President did, in fact, incite an insurrection. The Senator elaborated that his vote to acquit solely rested on the merits of Constitutionality, considering Trump is no longer a sitting President.
Shortly after Trump’s acquital, McConnell echoed his personal opinion: “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”
In a Monday interview with Conservative radio host Jay Weber, Senator Johnson reiterated that McConnell “providing a scathing speech on the floor of the Senate” is misrepresenting what the majority of the GOP actually believes. “He has to realize as our leader…. what he says reflects on us, right? He’s representing the entire caucus”, Johnson declared.
He further stated that McConnell’s comments remain divisive to the GOP as a whole, who needs to focus on uniting the party to gain the majority within the House and Senate. Despite a portion of Republican Congressmen who may differ in their “political approach” and disagree with the former President’s “New York Street Fighter”-style willingness to “fight for this country”, Johnson emphasized how essential Trump supporters’ votes are for the Republican party.
“The group of people that supported Trump, the hundreds of thousands of people that attend those Trump rallies, those are people that love this country, that never would have done what happened on January 6,” Johnson stated. “That is a group of people that love freedom. That’s a group of people we need to unify and keep on our side.”
With a nation so divided between Democrats and Republicans, the unification of each party is vital for that group’s overall success and power in Washington.