GOP's Ron Johnson refuses to condemn Kenosha shooter in interview with CNN's Bash
Dana Bash/ Ron Johnson -- CNN screenshot

In a highly contentious interview on CNN Sunday morning, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) repeatedly refused to condemn Kyle Rittenhouse, the Donald Trump fan accused of shooting and killing two Black Lives Matter protester early this week.


Speaking with "State of the Union" host Dana Bash, Johnson repeatedly spoke over her while spouting out prepared comments and ignoring her questions that led the CNN host to finally cut him off.

"The 17-year-old accused of committing those two murders was a Trump supporter," Bash began only to have Johnson interrupt with "It is a tragedy."

"Do you condemn --" she attempted as he spoke over her again and repeated, "It is a tragedy. "

"Do you condemn it?" she persisted.

"t is a tragedy, it is a tragedy," he replied.

"It is a tragedy --but do you condemn it?" Bash pressed.

"Listen, I don't want to see any loss of life. It is a tragedy, and the way you prevent tragedies is you support --," he attempted before Bash cut him off again.

"A tragedy could be a car accident --," the CNN host explained only to have Johnson interrupt once more.

"You allow for peaceful protesters, but you don't allow -- you don't allow peaceful protests to turn into a siege," he attempted. "Listen, I don't want to see anybody lose their life. I don't want to see the violence continue. I don't want to see businesses burn down. I don't want to see economic destruction. I condemn it all."

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