Ron Johnson shares dubious article blaming ‘fake Trump protesters’ and ‘provocateurs’ for Capitol riot

Sen. Ron Johnson shared an article that criticized law enforcement’s response to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot and laid blame for the event on “fake Trump protesters” during a hearing Tuesday on the attack.

The Wisconsin Republican, who critics said was spreading a wild conspiracy theory about the siege, opened his time for questions by calling the violence “repugnant” and adding that he had a “long list of questions, which this format doesn’t lend itself to asking.”

The senator then shared several excerpts of an article written by J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst at the Center for
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