Johnson announced in a Fox News interview that Republicans are really “troubled” by how Democrats fail to equally enforce the law against individuals who perform acts of violence, referring to extreme rebels who terrorized cities and destroyed property over the summer throughout Black Lives Matter protests.
Although Republicans have been actively denouncing the violent acts perpetrated throughout the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, he did not observe the same with his Democrat colleagues in terms of denouncing the violence perpetrated by left-wing extremists, Johnson said.
“That’s not the same standard that the Democrats use … in many cases [they] encouraged the riots that occurred over the summer,’ he said.
“Whether it was one to $2 billion dollars of property damage, 12 to 19 people killed in those peaceful protests turned to riots, no condemnation, in fact, there’s actually encouragement of that, for example, by the vice president [Kamala Harris] to encourage people to donate to a fund that would bail out the rioters.”
Throughout the summer disorders, then-Senator Harris asked her supporters to donate to Minneapolis Freedom Fund (MFF). She promoted the fund in a tweet on June 1, announcing that “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.”
The MFF raised roughly $35 million after the death of George Floyd in late May, reported Fox 9. According to the MFF’s website, the group has spent under 10 percent of that cash, or $3,475,000, to bail people out of jail, with $210,000 of that used for bailing out those who were arrested amid demonstrations since late May.
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“How does that make sense? So the double standard, the unequal enforcement of the law is really what troubles an awful lot of people on our side of the aisle,” Johnson continued.
His remark appears days before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing on what occurred on Jan. 6 and to seek accountability for the occurrence.
Johnson noted that his letter sent to the current and former Sergeants at Arms of the House and Senate have not yet been answered and that senators are going into the hearing with limited accurate information, other than a letter penned by the former Chief of Police for the U.S. Capitol Police Steven A. Sund to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) explaining the actions he took to shore up security for Jan. 6.
“Right now, we’re going to be going into that hearing with what we’ve read in the newspaper,” he said.