Johnson said that the TSA has been "indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniform personnel, agents of the government, like sheep."
In a statement to Politico, Johnson apologized for and clarified his remarks.
"In the heat of the moment, while making the point that I would much rather fight the enemy than our federal government, I said something stupid and should have chosen my words more carefully," he said. "As a Constitutional conservative, it angers me that we are giving up our liberty to the bureaucratic TSA and spying on our own people in the name of false security and that has to stop."
Johnson is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), who is running for the open Georgia seat in the U.S. Senate.
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