Republican officials dodged questions Tuesday about the teargas and rubber bullets shot at protesters so that President Donald Trump could cross H Street to stand for a photo-op outside of St. John's Church in Washington, DC.
When asked by MSNBC's Kasie Hunt about what happened, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) pretended he didn't know anything about it.
"I didn't really see it," he claimed.
Former reporter Meredith Shiner fact-checked the Wisconsin leader, noting that it would be impossible for anyone not to know what was going on in Washington on Monday.
last thought on this thread: literal blackhawk helicopters were flying low over D.C. yesterday, sirens were blaring… https://t.co/C8FrgQHnMD— Meredith Shiner (@Meredith Shiner)1591120626.0
While some Republicans were willing to respond and denounce the president's photo-op, others played coy.
The same answer came from Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who claimed, “I didn’t follow, I’m sorry.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.: “I didn’t follow, I’m sorry.”— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1591120794.0
He was blasted by Twitter users as a "coward."
Our senior senator is a pathetic coward. @BillCassidy https://t.co/hxZ9CKx7CD— Jeremy White (@Jeremy White)1591121148.0
@kasie Seriously, @BillCassidy Bill Cassidy? Willful ignorance is not a good look, you coward!— Juree James (@Juree James)1591121120.0
@kasie Bill was too busy working on removing health care from millions of people with Covid— capitalist (@capitalist)1591120996.0
@kasie @BillCassidy PAY ATTENTION.— MissTaken 🇺🇸💙 (@MissTaken 🇺🇸💙)1591120966.0