Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP goes on the attack against Biden relief billGOP senator says he may have felt unsafe if BLM, antifa had stormed CapitolAshcroft declines run to replace Blunt in MissouriMORE (R-Wis.) is facing criticism for remarks about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that at least one lawmaker in his home state called “racist.”

Johnson said during an interview last week with radio host Joe Pagliarulo that he was not afraid for his safety during the siege, but would have been had the rioters been affiliated with “Black Lives Matter and antifa.”

Now, had the tables been turned, and Joe this is going to get me in trouble had the tables been turned and President TrumpDonald TrumpPompeo: Reentering Iran deal would make Middle East ‘less secure’DNC gears up for midterm pushBiden struggles to unravel web of Trump immigration rulesMORE won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned, said the senator.

The remarks drew criticism from Democrats and others in the press and on social media who argued that Johnson had basically admitted that those who stormed the Capitol, killing one police officer and dealing grievous injuries to dozens of others, were his own supporters, while protesters who speak out against police brutality and racism were not.

For him to say something as racist as that its ridiculous, Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D), who is Black, told The Associated Press. Its a totally racist comment and the insult to injury is he didnt mind saying it in the position that he holds because for some reason thats just deemed as acceptable behavior for people who live in and are elected officials in this state.

“Ron Johnsons racist comments make it clear he stands with violent criminals who threaten our democracy,” tweeted Sarah Godlewski (D), the state’s treasurer.

Ron Johnsons racist comments make it clear he stands with violent criminals who threaten our democracy.

Sarah Godlewski (@SarahforWI) March 13, 2021

“Ron Johnson said the racist part out loud,” added the anti-Trump Lincoln Project organization in a tweet.

Ron Johnson said the racist part out loud

The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) March 13, 2021

The Hill has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment.

At least five people died as a result of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, including one Capitol Police officer. Police officials reported in the days after the siege that dozens of officers faced serious injuries resulting from the attack, including one who lost an eye. Two other officers died by suicide in the days after the attack. Dozens of Washington, D.C. metropolitan police were also injured.

I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained head injuries, the Capitol Police union chairman, Gus Papathanasiou, told The Washington Post in January. One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake, to name some of the injuries.