Ron Johnson Says McConnell’s Criticism Of Trump Is Not Reflective Of How Republicans Feel

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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson declined to endorse Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s harsh criticism of former President Donald Trump, instead saying that his earlier remarks were out of step with his own caucus.

McConnell was one of 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump on a charge of inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. But following his vote, he criticized the former president and said Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly riot and that he only voted to acquit because the Constitution does not allow for a private citizen to be convicted.

“From my standpoint, Leader McConnell speaks for himself,” Johnson said Tuesday on The Ross Kaminsky Show. “In this case, I don’t believe he speaks for the conference, and I think he needs to be a little careful.”

“You know when I speak, I do actually try and take in mind how it might reflect on the party,” Johnson said, adding that McConnell’s remarks did not reflect how the “vast majority of Republican senators” felt. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham: McConnell Speech ‘Put A Load On The Back Of Republicans’)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A large group of pro-Trump protesters stand on the East steps of the Capitol Building after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

A large group of pro-Trump rioters stand on the East steps of the Capitol Building after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Johnson, a staunch ally of the former president, previously questioned whether the insurrection even occurred, telling a Wisconsin radio station that it “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.” (RELATED: Joe Scarborough: Ron Johnson ‘Not Worthy To Be A United States Senator’)

Johnson is up for reelection in 2022, and is the only incumbent Republican senator running for another term in a state that President Joe Biden won in 2020.

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