Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was confronted by a liberal activist at Milwaukee’s Basic Mitchell Worldwide Airport on Friday as he returned to his residence state from Washington, D.C.
Lauren Windsor, govt producer of the liberal web-based program The Undercurrent who was on the identical flight, requested Johnson about textual content messages disclosed in a Jan. 6 committee listening to this week that confirmed the senator’s chief of employees, Sean Riley, asking a staffer for then-Vice President Mike Pence about delivering a slate of “alternate” electors. On a radio present Thursday, Johnson stated his workforce believed the papers got here from the workplace of Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA). Kelly has denied involvement.
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“To begin with, we’ll see what really transpired,” Johnson informed Windsor, based on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Clearly, we imagine it got here from his workplace. I by no means spoke with the congressman. I by no means stated I did. He’s obtained to seek out out together with his employees who may’ve talked to my employees. That’s all I’ve to say.”
Windsor stored urgent the senator, asking if it was regular for his chief of employees to conduct enterprise with out making Johnson conscious. Johnson reiterated his perception that the listing got here from Kelly. When requested whether or not the senator performed a job within the try to overturn the election outcomes, Johnson initially informed Windsor that he performed a “two-minute position” earlier than altering his reply and saying he had no position. He additionally informed the activist to “go away.”
The reporter pushed a remaining time by asking why Riley was nonetheless employed by the senator. Johnson didn’t instantly reply earlier than disappearing by an emergency exit.
Alexa Henning, Johnson’s spokeswoman, stated the senator was keen to speak and be respectful towards anybody who had questions however that impolite conduct needs to be condemned by Democrats.
“What’s unlucky is that Democrat leaders have inspired this kind of disrespectful encounter,” Henning informed the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Democrat leaders bear the accountability to sentence this conduct earlier than it turns violent.”
Windsor beforehand met Johnson in 2021 at a Republican occasion in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the place she taped Johnson asserting that “there’s nothing clearly skewed concerning the outcomes” of the 2020 election in Wisconsin, based on the report.