Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., blasted one of President Joe Biden’s nominees after she called him racist.
The nominee in question, Deborah Lipstadt, sat before a committee under consideration for the role of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. During questioning, a past tweeting accusing Sen. Johnson of “white supremacy” came up.
Lipstadt called Sen. Johnson racist after he said he would have been concerned if Antifa or BLM had stormed the capitol. He pointed to the string of riots in 2020 as evidence.
“This is white supremacy/nationalism,” Lipstadt tweeted in March of last year, responding to the comments. “Pure and simple. GOP Senator Johnson slammed as ‘white nationalist sympathizer’ after race remarks.”
Sen. Johnson confronted Lipstadt during the hearing for her tweet.
“You don’t know a lot of the people that you have accused online in front of millions of people,” he said. “You have engaged in the malicious poison. You’ve accused people you don’t know, a very vile thing. I mean wouldn’t you agree that probably calling somebody a racist is just a shot under murderer and rapist.
“Calling somebody a racist is about as serious and vile an accusation as you can hurt over something against somebody you don’t even know,” he added. You’ve never talked to me, you’ve never met me. You don’t know what’s in my heart, do you?”
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