Pelosi jokes about Sen. 'Don' Johnson

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Biden to address Congress on April 28 NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap MORE (D-Calif.) referred to Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies Trump's early endorsements reveal GOP rift The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-Wis.) as “Don Johnson” in a press briefing Thursday, seemingly jabbing at the Wisconsin senator while saying he appeared to be “taking the lead” on the GOP response to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“Don Johnson— was his first name Don?” Pelosi said to reporters Thursday. After being corrected, Pelosi jokingly responded “Let me call him ‘senator,' not ‘Miami Vice’ or anything like that.”


“Ron Johnson seems to be taking the lead on what the scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism,” she continued.

The reference led to the “Miami Vice” and "Knives Out" star’s name trending on Twitter, with numerous users speculating Pelosi's misnaming of the Wisconsin senator was a deliberate slight. Among those taking notice were “Saturday Night Live's” Chris Redd, who currently co-stars with Don Johnson on the sitcom “Kenan.”

Ron Johnson, who is up for reelection in 2022, has become a top Senate target for Democrats due to his vocal backing of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE and his promotion of unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections. He was one of a handful of Republican senators to challenge the results of the Electoral College in key states in January.