(USA Features) Sen. Ron Johnson pushed back on prior Democrat and media claims that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building was an “insurrection” before claiming that most demonstrators who entered the building were peaceful.
“Even calling it an insurrection, it wasn’t,” he told Fox News on Wednesday. “I condemned the breach. I condemned the violence, but to say there were thousands of armed insurrectionists breaching the Capitol intent on overthrowing the government is just simply false narrative.”
The Wisconsin Republican said some of his constituents who attended then-President Donald Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally the day of the riot said only a few hundred people were involved, some of whom clashed with police. But they added the vast majority of even those who entered the building itself were not violent.
More than 300 people have been charged with various crimes involving the breach, most of which are for criminal trespassing.
“By and large, it was peaceful protest, except for there were a number of people, basically agitators that whipped the crowd and breached the Capitol. That’s really the truth of what’s happening here,” said Johnson, adding that he does not support legislation to create a Jan. 6 commission the House passed a day earlier.
GOP leaders including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also don’t support a commission.