Ron Johnson angrily confronts Biden nominee after she accuses him of ‘White supremacy’

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has dismissed Presidential candidate Joe Biden to be the top US anti-Semitism special envoy after she announced that he was promoting ” white supremacy” during Tuesday’s hearing.

Johnson confronts Deborah Lipstadt, Biden’s nominee as the US Special Envoy for Surveillance and Combating Anti-Semitism, over an article she shared in March 2021 saying he was “not worried concerns” about those involved in the January riots in the U.S. Congress. . 6 of which “turned the tide and the President [Donald] Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, I might have worried a bit.”

“This is white nationalism/supremacy. Pure and simple,” Lipstadt tweeted.

During the hearing, Johnson asked Lipstadt, “If someone comes to you privately and says ‘you’re a racist, you’re a white supremacist, you’re a white supremacist,’ white nationalism – i don’t believe you, by the way … always assume the best thing about people, not the worst – how would you feel if someone just called you racist?”

“First of all, I would say they were wrong,” Lipstadt replied. “Secondly, I disagree with them.”

Lipstadt later said that she criticized the behavior, “not human.”

“That’s not true,” Johnson said. “What you just testified there is untrue.”

“You do not know me. You don’t know much about the people you’ve accused online in front of millions of people,” Johnson added. “You have engaged in dangerous poison. You have accused people you don’t know about very vile things. “

Johnson asked Lipstadt if she knew “in [his heart.”

Lipstadt replied, “I have no idea. No, I do not know what is in your heart at all.”

“So why would you go on social media and make those charges,” asked Johnson, who then accused the nominee of “hurling” what he called “vile and horrible charges.”

Lipstadt denied calling him white supremacist or white nationalist “personally,” but Johnson blew off her denial.

“We all know the tweet. It’s right here,” he said, holding up a paper and asking: “Do you feel bad about that at all? Do you retract that?”

That exchange led the panel’s chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), to interject, saying, “Can we allow the witness to answer your questions?”

“As I said earlier, it was not nuanced. I would not do diplomacy by tweet. While I may disagree with … what you said specifically and I think that’s [a] Justifiable difference, I certainly didn’t mean it and I apologize if it was made. And I’m sorry if I did it in a way that it might have been a political… with that person personally,” she replied.

Johnson accepted her apology but said he would vote against her nomination anyway.

“I appreciate your apology and I will accept your apology,” he said, adding that he “appreciated the apology, but I think someone has had a 30-year career Professionals should know better and when you are nominated and considered for confirmation to a diplomatic or representative position. [the] United States, I certainly cannot support your nomination. I hope my other colleagues do too.”

“You simply don’t qualify for it,” Johnson added. “But I wish you the best in life and I accept your apology.”

CLOCK: Ron Johnson angrily confronts Biden nominee after she accuses him of ‘White supremacy’

James Brien

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