GOP Senator: Shutdown Is A ‘Diversion’ From Planned Parenthood Videos (AUDIO)

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Enveloped by political gridlock, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Republicans, hosting G... FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Enveloped by political gridlock, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Republicans, hosting GOP senators for dinner at the White House Wednesday night and then visiting Capitol Hill next week for separate meetings with Senate and House Republicans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) MORE LESS
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told a conservative radio show on Tuesday that a government shutdown would be a “diversion from the main problem, which is the harvesting of little babies’ organs.”

Both Johnson and radio host Vicki McKenna praised Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for challenging Democrats at the CNN debate earlier this month to watch “sting” videos about Planned Parenthood that were produced by an anti-abortion group.

Fiorina said one of the videos showed “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” But afterwards, neither Fiorina’s campaign nor the organization that released the videos could point to the footage that showed what Fiorina described.

Johnson said on the radio program that he couldn’t describe the video footage better than Fiorina did at the debate.

“Yeah, the shutdown’s a diversion from the main problem which is the harvesting of little babies’ organs. We need to focus on the harvesting of little babies’ organs,” Johnson said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released a plan Tuesday that would avoid a government shutdown by extending funding levels for programs, including Planned Parenthood, temporarily until Congress could figure out a longterm budget plan.

“We’ll win that political fight. But if we’re diverted by the government shutdown then we know who wins that,” Johnson said. “The Democrats, you know quite honestly outside..”

“The media wins it,” host McKenna interjected.

“Yeah, the media wins it,” Johnson said. “Which is why they love promoting it.”

Listen to Johnson’s comments:

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  1. Avatar for bkmn bkmn says:

    Now that Snott Walker is out of the glowing lights it is time for Wisconsin’s other major mistake to wave his arms to see if he can get attention again.

  2. Avatar for dv01 dv01 says:

    Dead-ender says what?

  3. Avatar for lew lew says:

    There are many things that are horrible about this situation; perhaps the most egregious will be that some people will really believe that democrats support killing babies for their organs, and their fear, hate and anger will just escalate. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t true, an elected US Senator said it, and some small fraction will think it true.

    All that does is divide, and foster more hate for “liberals”, which I suppose at the end of the day is what these reprehensible excuses for human beings want. Hate for liberals, for minorities, for gays, for women; because that is all the GOP has at the end of the day. How sad for them. How sad for us that we can’t communicate the truth.

  4. Avatar for caltg caltg says:

    The Republicans’ fanatical focus on Planned Parenthood, fabricated propaganda videos about abortion, killing the ACA, government shutdown, etc., etc., etc. are nothing more than efforts to distract from the fact that for seven years they have refused to do their job and govern.

    If and when Repugs start seriously dealing with climate change, job creation, infrastructure rehab, education improvement, Middle East instability, and much, much more, I might start to take them seriously. But I won’t hold my breath.

  5. " “We need to focus on the harvesting of little babies’ organs,” Johnson said."

    You’re a sick motherfucker, Johnson

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