House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) slammed Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMenendez rips Johnson as ‘racist’ over Capitol riot remarkA number of Republican lawmakers are saying no to COVID-19 vaccinesHoyer bashes Ron Johnson for ‘racist statement’MORE over remarks the Wisconsin Republican made regarding his safety during the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Johnson has come under fire after he said during an interview on a conservative radio show that he might have been a little concerned if Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters stormed the Capitol as opposed to the mob of former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden faces GOP’s immigration and filibuster offensiveDemocrats play defense on border crisisBiden’s big difference? Diversity MORE’s supporters.
During an interview with CNNs Don LemonDon Carlton LemonAl Gore advocates for automatically registering citizens to voteCNN’s Don Lemon on Vatican refusing to bless same-sex unions: ‘God is not about hindering people’Don Lemon on Oprah interview: ‘We have only heard from one side but that … rings very true’MORE late Tuesday, Clyburn called Johnson a racist, and alleged that he knew exactly what he was saying.
The moment he prefaced his last statement, I know Im going to get in trouble with this, and then went on said to me he knew exactly what he saying, Clyburn said. “He knew why he was saying it and knew exactly how the reactions would be, he just wouldnt care.
The guy is racist, this is not the first time he has indicated such, Clyburn said. I would hope that the people of Wisconsin would take note of this and do what they can to help make this country a better place.
Congressman @WhipClyburn summing up @SenRonJohnson’s recent racist comments: “The guy is racist.” pic.twitter.com/C8tLBL1qSO
Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) March 17, 2021
Johnson told Milwaukee-based WISN-AM radio on Monday that no racism was involved in the remarks.
It has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with riots, Johnson said. I completely did not anticipate that anybody could interpret what I said as racist. Its not.
However, Johnson has only faced more scrutiny from Democrats and activists who said the remarks highlighted a double standard in suggesting that Black Lives Matter activists should be feared, but not the largely white supporters of Trump.
House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats play defense on border crisisMenendez rips Johnson as ‘racist’ over Capitol riot remarkA number of Republican lawmakers are saying no to COVID-19 vaccinesMORE (D-Md.) said on a press call on Tuesday that Johnsons statement “racist” and “ought to be deeply troubling to the Republican Party to have a member of the United States Senate, a Republican, reflect such prejudice, such simplification, which mirrored Donald Trump’s dealing with immigrants.
Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDemocratic senators urge Biden to take executive action on ghost gunsBiden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, despite US intelSenate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassadorMORE (D-N.J.) also said in a floor speech on Tuesday that the comments were racist and hurtful.