Over the years we’ve suffered through the catastrophe that is Donald Trump, I have often found myself wondering if the Republicans, namely those in Congress, who back and defend him truly believe the things they say, or if they’re just parroting nonsense to earn loyalty points.
After what we’ve seen here, I’m certainly leaning towards the latter.
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has very publicly defended ex-President Trump and his incessant lies and conspiracy theories regarding the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. However, it seems as though he’s not quite so loyal to the former guy’s lies and ideas when the cameras aren’t rolling — or, at least, when he doesn’t think they are.
Twitter user Lauren Windsor, who is self-described as an “undercover reporter,” posted a secretly recorded video of Senator Johnson to the popular social media platform, in which the GOP Congressman is breaking down the numbers surrounding the 2020 presidential election and it’s less than flattering for Donald Trump.
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“Collectively, the state assembly candidates, just Republican state assembly candidates, got [1.661 million] votes,” Johnson can be seen explaining in the secretly recorded footage. “The eight congressional candidates also got [1.661 million], so we obviously counted enough Republican votes. The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 51,000 Republican voters didn’t vote for him.”
The individual filing Johnson, who seemed very unaware that he was on video, asked the senator if he believes that “Joe Biden won this state fair and square.”
“Well, look at the totals,” Johnson answered. “It’s certainly plausible, there’s nothing obviously skewed about the results. There isn’t!”
Johnson went on to double-down, reiterating that Trump “didn’t get 51,000 votes that other Republicans got, and that’s why he lost.”
In the 2020 presidential election, now-President Biden only overtook Trump by about 20,000 votes in the state of Wisconsin — meaning these supposed anti-Trump Republican voters that Johnson is talking about here were almost assuredly the reason Trump lost the state.
You can watch the clip here:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen Ron Johnson blames Trump for losing Wisconsin in 2020 and tells me “there’s nothing obviously skewed about the results.” pic.twitter.com/OeRkVkkVAN
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) August 31, 2021