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Sen. Johnson’s comments increasingly dangerous for our democracy, citizens



I used to think Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was simply pandering to his audience, telling them what they want to hear. Now, I’m not so sure it is an act. Johnson raised eyebrows when he urged a reopening of the economy in the midst of a pandemic. He later claimed the riot at the U.S. Capitol was not an armed insurrection, that leftist protesters were the ones stirring up trouble that day, and that Nancy Pelosi was somehow behind it. And he admitted he would have been more scared if the storming of the capitol was by Black Lives Matter protesters. Well, Johnson has stepped in it again. He now is downplaying the necessity of getting the vaccine for the coronavirus. He doesn’t seem to understand how a pandemic works. He said, out loud, that it shouldn’t matter if everyone gets vaccinated. That’s not what the science says. In order to truly stop the spread, and again be able to safely do the things we used to do, we need to get everyone vaccinated.  And until everyone gets vaccinated, that spread can continue and mutate into new strains. Maybe Senator Johnson knows this, and is trying to score political points, but with each head-shaking comment, I’m less sure that his comments are really just political theater.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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