Progressive groups, unions hit Johnson over ‘peaceful’ Jan. 6 claim
A group of more than 20 prominent progressive groups and unions is criticizing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in a new ad campaign for his response to the Jan. 6 insurrection and his vote against federal voting rights legislation, NBC News reported Monday.
The $800,000 ad campaign, which started on Sunday, highlights Johnson’s remarks on Fox News on the violent Jan. 6 riot, which he said was “peaceful” except for “a number of people, basically agitators that whipped the crowd and breached the Capitol.”
“You’re failing us, Sen. Johnson,” the ad campaign, named “Country Over Party,” states. “Protecting our democracy has never been partisan, and yet you refused to investigate the deadly attack on our Capital.”
The ads also criticize Johnson’s vote against the For the People Act, which the Senate GOP blocked in June.
“Access to the polls matters to all Americans, and yet you blocked voter protections that have the support of Democrats, Republicans, and independents,” the ads continue.
“Democrats want to consolidate control over government and our lives,” Johnson said in a statement emailed to NBC News. “For the People Act has nothing to do with voting rights. The Jan 6 commission proposed by Democrats would not have investigated the failure of congressional leadership to provide adequate security for the Capitol. Democrats are not healing or unifying our nation. They are pushing false narratives to further their own radical agenda.”
The ad will air on local news and sports shows and cable news shows, as well as on “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” in Washington, according to Axios. A print version of the ad will also appear in 10 newspapers.
The progressive coalition includes the NAACP, the Sierra Club, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Working Families Party and the National Education Association labor union, according to NBC News.
The ad urges voters to call Johnson’s D.C. office. “It’s time Sen. Johnson puts country over party,” the ad said.