On CNN Wednesday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) tore into Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for his conspiracy theory-laden rant earlier in the week blaming a small group of anti-Trump "agent provocateurs" for orchestrating violence at the otherwise "festive" Capitol riot in January.
"Johnson just said he has no regrets, let me repeat, no regrets about using a hearing yesterday in Congress to promote a wild conspiracy theory that, in his words, 'fake protesters' instigated the Capitol riot on January 6th," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "How disturbing is that to you to hear that from a United States senator?"
"It's hard to hear these views that are not only from a senator from another state, it sounds like he's from another planet," said Durbin. "You just wonder what is he thinking to say those things in public? I know what he's doing. He's stoking up those folks who are in denial, who are the revisionists, who want to rewrite the history of January 6th and somehow blame the liberals for it. Well, the fact of the matter is that was a Trump rally that led to a Trump mob that led to an insurrection which killed a police officer and did damage to the reputation of the United States around the world. That's a fact."