Ron Johnson

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 21: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., talks with reporters after the Senate Republican  luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 21: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., talks with reporters after the Senate Republican  luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/)
Where Things Stand: The Problem With Just Asking Questions Prime Badge
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) chose to use his time during a Senate hearing on the Capitol riot last week to read a Federalist column that made unsubstantiated claims about antifa being involved in the insurrection — giving a national megaphone to conspiracy theories about the deadly attack that have been floated by Republicans since Jan. 6.

But now he claims he’s just asking questions ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Where Things Stand: The Value Of Playing The Antifa Card Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) questions Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz during a Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs hearing at the US Capitol on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Last week the Inspector General released a report on the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with Russia during the 2016 Presidential elections. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ron Johnson

The antifa card has been dealt repeatedly this week. And it’s only picking up more steam among the GOP as a vague but ready excuse for all manner of things.

Tucked into a recent Politico report on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to push back on the House’s bid to conduct a bipartisan review of the Jan. 6 insurrection was a clue as to the staying power the actually-it-was-antifa lie will have.

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