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Sen. Johnson downplays talk about Capitol threat



The U.S. Capitol is partly shut down for Thursday, because of threats in social media to launch another citizen attack on the building, like the one on January 6th. 

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson tells WIZM’S ‘La Crosse Talk’ there’s always concern about threats in Washington, but he hopes that nothing will come of this latest conspiracy talk.

“The vast majority of these threats are some crackpot just using social media to make wild threats that really nothing ever comes of them,” said Johnson. “Keep your fingers crossed that that’s the case here as well.”    

The new threat involves a supposed attack on the Capitol on March 4th, which was the original date set aside for inaugurating a U.S. president, through 1933.  Messages suggest that such an attack would be aimed at restoring former President Donald Trump to power.    

Johnson says although the January riot at the Capitol in Washington was a very bad experience, he thinks some people make it sound worse than it was.  The senator says it appears only a small number of the protesters had firearms.

“There’s all the narrative that this was thousands of armed insurrectionists intent on overthrowing the government. I just don’t think that’s really an accurate description of what happened,” said Johnson. He criticizes Democrats for promoting a “narrative” portraying supporters of former President Trump as terrorists.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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