Updated: Feb 18
A political figure radio host Charlie Sykes helped create in 2010, Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson continued on his Donald Trump platform this week, suggesting that January 6 'didn't seem like an armed insurrection to me'. The sound byte was played on Tuesday's Bulwark podcast by Sykes, a former supporter who has laced Johnson with profanity-laced tirades in recent weeks for praising Trump and criticizing Mitch McConnell. Sykes stepped down from the Milwaukee terrestrial airwaves and turned against the GOP party following the 2016 election. Johnson made his January 6 claim while touring Wisconsin radio airwaves Monday.
"When you hear armed, do you think of firearms?", Johnson said. "How many shots were fired? I am only aware of one (Ashli Babbitt) and I will defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot." More than 150 federal charges have been made against the rioters, including three members of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers. Insurrectionists reportedly got within 100 feet of where Vice President Mike Pence and his family were sheltering. The increased scrutiny towards Johnson comes as he contemplates running for a third Senate term in in 2022 or a presidential run in 2024. In a state turning increasingly Democratic, Scott Walker or Paul Ryan may project as Wisconsin's best senate option - on Wednesday 33-year old Alex Lasry, son of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, announced his candidacy as a Democrat.