Sen. Ron Johnson Says Leave Is 'Incentivizing People to Not Show Up for Work'
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican of Wisconsin, says he opposes items in a congressional bill focused on helping and protecting Americans in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
A close ally to President Donald Trump, Johnson "said he's worried not only about potential layoffs but also about 'incentivizing people to not show up for work either and don't necessarily want to do that. You have to think this thing through in terms of what are the unintended consequences of good intentions.'"
“People are going to have to work," he added, as USA Today reports. "People do need to recognize the fact that this is not Ebola. This is not MERS. It's not quite the seasonal flu," Johnson said, minimizing the severity of the pandemic. "But we have to keep things in perspective and we got to keep our economy."
He also "said small firms could suffer major hardships if they are forced to 'pay wages they cannot afford.'"
Sen. Johnson was forced to cancel a vote last week to authorize a subpoena to obtain records related to the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill slammed Johnson one week ago, calling him "an embarrassing tool" and "a joke" before he decided to forego the subpoena, at least temporarily.
He's now in hot water once again over his classist remarks.
Johnson, who was among several Republicans who visited Russian president Vladimir Putin's Kremlin last year on the Fourth of July, was excoriated for his unpatriotic acts.
Here's how some are responding:
@RonJohnsonWI Ron says that sending out checks for the next few weeks would incentivize people to not go to work.… https://t.co/Ytpfjagczw— Giuliani’s Ass (@Giuliani’s Ass)1584481392.0
Ron Johnson came in with the Tea Party wave. Part of what we’re seeing is what happens when fanaticism become inst… https://t.co/stsbbHUO05— Anson Kaye (@Anson Kaye)1584480618.0
@aterkel He sure showed up to work on July 4th in Moscow, with some Putin incentives— ME Pinecone (@ME Pinecone)1584474703.0
Ron Johnson is beyond lazy. His only platform is stepping on people’s faces as they drown. No accomplishments, no… https://t.co/DX08gz3v7k— Brian Fishbach (@Brian Fishbach)1584480151.0
@aterkel Ron Johnson gets paid not to show up to work. He wants to keep this gig for himself.— Athena, caught in a Femaelstrom (@Athena, caught in a Femaelstrom)1584479998.0
Sen. Ron Johnson knows that we have plenty of data showing this is demonstrably untrue. Just look at all the compan… https://t.co/gmzVbSYndB— Resistance Schnauzers (@Resistance Schnauzers)1584479253.0
In this time of national crisis, @SenRonJohnson is working overtime to prove he is the biggest jackass in all the l… https://t.co/BCx2YPljAa— One Wisconsin Now (@One Wisconsin Now)1584408950.0
Photo: Ron Johnson speaks to NBC (screen grab)