Speaking on Fox News this Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) doubled down on his claims that the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by a mob of Trump supporters was actually a “non-violent” event.
When asked by Fox News host Mark Levin about the government’s efforts to track down Capitol riot suspects by using geolocation data from their cellphones, Johnson replied that he’s trying to create “public pressure” to get the Justice Department to be more transparent in its methods, adding that a vast majority who were on the Capitol grounds that day were “in a jovial mood,” and while “they were serious, they weren’t violent.”
“I think it’s extremely important to create an accurate historical record of exactly what happened so the false narrative that thousands of armed insurrectionists doesn’t last,” Johnson continued. “That’s why I have my staff going and reviewing the relevant parts of the 14 hours-worth of surveillance and we’re finding out some interesting things.
According to Johnson, his staff counted “about 309 people” entering a door next to Capitol police without any problems.
“They weren’t rioting,” Johnson later said during the segment. “It doesn’t look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breach the Capitol, and I don’t condone it, but they’re staying within the roped lines in the Rotunda. That’s not what armed insurrection would look like.”
Watch the video over at Fox News.