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Sen. Johnson says comments about Capitol breach were not racist

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 16:19:39-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin denies that he made racist comments last week when he said he wasn’t concerned about pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol in January, but would have been worried if they were Black Lives Matters protesters.

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The comments drew a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and others who said Johnson was making racist statements. But Johnson, in an interview Monday on WISN-AM, said “there’s no racism involved.” He says, “It has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with riots.”

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