Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Ron Johnson Says Dems Did Fake Electors, Too, Then Fails to Give Single Example

Ron Johnson, appearing on CNN this week, falsely claimed that Democrats "repeatedly" used fake electors, just like Republicans did in 2020, in previous presidential elections.

Just don't ask him any follow-up questions on his assertion, because he's got nothing.

Like so many internet trolls do, Johnson, when asked by CNN's Kaitlan Collins to provide evidence of his claim, told her to do her own research. Which, of course, isn't how real discourse works — if you make a claim within a debate, you have to be able to back it up.

Ron Johnson doesn't abide by these rules. He merely makes a claim, and if you don't believe him, well, that's YOUR fault, I guess?

Johnson stated that the 10 fake electors in Wisconsin — who recently admitted their actions were being used to further a scheme to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential race to help Donald Trump — "did nothing different than what many Democrats have done in many states."

When asked by Kaitlan Collins to provide a single example of Democrats doing what they had done, Johnson couldn't do so — "check the books," he said, without naming one instance.


It goes without saying, but it's worth saying it again: Johnson is flat-out wrong, because Democrats have not, in the past, put forward slates of fake electors, nor tried to pass them off to the counters of the Electoral College to be included among legit votes, in order to help a loser in a presidential election to "win."

Johnson's office, as you may recall, helped in that scheme, or at least attempted to. The senator from Wisconsin even faked a phone call in the summer of 2022 when reporters found out about this, and confronted him to answer questions on it. 

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