Johnson Op-Ed: Democrats’ ‘Russian Disinformation’ Canard

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, published a column on Wednesday about how the Democrats and the mainstream media have used the “Russian disinformation and interference” narrative to misdirect the American people ahead of the election.

Excerpts from the piece are below, and the full piece can read here.

“Ever since the Democratic National Committee server was hacked during the 2016 election campaign, “Russian disinformation and interference” has been the shiny object that Democrats and the mainstream media have used to bamboozle the American people.”

“Undeterred, Democrats and accomplices both in the mainstream media and in the permanent bureaucracy called the “deep state” decided to carry the Russian interference canard to a new level. Driven by a loathing of Trump and by deep-state actors’ imperative to cover their tracks, an effort to delegitimize Trump’s election began as soon as he won.”

“I neither deny nor condone any foreign influence on our elections or policies. In fact, I was well ahead of the curve on Russian efforts to destabilize political systems when I held hearings in 2015 about Russia’s malign activities in Eastern Europe.”

“The greatest threats to our democracy are homegrown: the rioters and anarchists; those in the press who have shed any pretense of being unbiased and have publicly chosen sides; deep-state actors who try to undermine the administration of an elected president; and an opposition party that will change every rule and violate every precedent and norm to ensure it never again loses power if it gains total control in November.”

You can read the full piece here