For months now, the Republican Party has insisted that the work of the January 6th committee wasn’t only about the events of that fateful day, but also about creating a new, anti-GOP narrative within the mainstream media space.
These accusations have been rather prophetic, it seems, as the committee’s scope has consistently widened, dragging in any number of Trump-adjacent politicians and even some of the former President’s family members.
The latest to face the wrath of the bipartisan-in-name-only probe is Ron Johnson, after the committee released what they say are text messages between one of his aides and an aide to then-Vice President Mike Pence, that they believe constituted a ludicrous plan to send “fake” electors to Congress.
A top aide to Sen. Ron Johnson attempted to arrange a handoff of false, pro-Trump electors from the senator to Mike Pence just minutes before the then-vice president began to count electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021.
The aide, Sean Riley, told Pence’s legislative director Chris Hodgson that Johnson wanted to hand Pence lists of the fake electors from Michigan and Wisconsin for Pence to introduce during the counting of electoral votes that certified Joe Biden’s win. The attempt was revealed in text messages obtained by the Jan. 6 select committee during its fourth public hearing on Tuesday.
The text exchange was essentially a “nothing-burger”, lasting less than one minute and getting shut down without directly implicating anyone of substance.
“Do not give that to him,” Hodgson replied.
Nevertheless, the mainstream media and the liberal left took the bait, and began furiously imbuing their own beliefs into the text exchange in order to rage against the Republican Party online.