Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been mocked for the past several weeks for repeating right-wing conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
FBI Director Christopher Wray made it clear to the Senate on Tuesday that the "lethal violence" of radical right-wingers are behind "racially-motivated violent extremism" that Americans are now facing.
During the hearing, senators asked Wray about reports that Antifa and fake Trump supporters were really behind the Jan. 6 insurrection. Wray made it clear, there has been zero evidence to support the conspiracy.
At the start of her Tuesday show, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace referred to the Wisconsin lawmaker as "RonAnon," a play on QAnon, saying that Wray debunked the desperate GOP theory that "fantasy dress-up Trump supporters" were behind the militias.
"We're seeing quite a number, as we're building out the cases on the individuals we've arrested for the violence, quite a number what we would call militia violent extremists," said Wray. "So, self-identify with the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers. Things like that. We also have a couple of instances where we've already identified individuals involved in the criminal behavior who we would put in the racially motivated, violent extremists who advocate for what you would call white supremacy. So, there have been some of those individuals as well."
"Based on your investigation so far, do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by 'fake Trump protesters?" asked Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
"We have not seen evidence of that at this stage," said Wray.
"Understand in your testimony, previously, that you did not see Antifa or groups playing a significant role in the January 6th insurrection?"
"While we're equal opportunity and looking for violent extremism of any ideology, we have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchists, violent extremists or Antifa connected with the 6th," Wray said.
See Wallace's opener below:
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