Senator Ron Johnson on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that he privately admitted Joe Biden won the presidential election but refused to do so publicly due to political concerns, saying his statements had always been consistent.
Mark Becker, former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, wrote a editorial published Wednesday in the The rampart claiming Johnson admitted Biden won in a private phone call last month, but said he wouldn’t say so publicly as it would be “political suicide”.
“Senator Johnson knows that Joe Biden won a free and fair election,” Becker wrote. “He refuses to admit it publicly and stirs up plots that undermine our democracy just because it would be ‘political suicide’ to oppose Trump. I find that unacceptable.
Becker said that “the war that GOP leaders like Senator Johnson are waging on the very foundations of our democracy” prompted his decision to release details of his Nov. 14 phone call with the Republican senator from Wisconsin.
Johnson on Wednesday dismissed the editorial’s accusations against him, saying the article “should be seen as the political hit piece that it is, and simply ignored.”
“I have been very consistent in both public and private statements that I believe there are far too many irregularities and suspicious issues that need to be fully investigated and publicized before that an end result is determined and a peaceful transition of power takes place, “Johnson said in an emailed statement to National review.
On Tuesday, shortly after Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had failed to find evidence of voter fraud widespread enough to change the outcome of this year’s presidential election, Johnson called on Barr to “ show everyone ” his proof that no mass electoral fraud had occurred, saying there is “enough suspicion” and “irregularities” to warrant questions about the process.
Meanwhile, a growing group of GOP senators are calling on President Trump to concede the election because his legal team fails to produce evidence of widespread fraud and lacks legal avenues to challenge the vote count.
Becker, who has voiced his opposition to Trump for the past four years, says he endorsed and campaigned for Johnson’s failure. opponent, Democrat Russ Feingold, during their 2016 Senate race in Wisconsin.