Johnson told Fox News that he agreed to appear on „Meet the Press“ because he believed Todd wanted to discuss the coronavirus relief package, but was instead confronted with being among the Republican senators who threatened to challenge the Electoral College results.
Todd opened the interview by noting that Johnson told a newspaper last month that he would not object to the Electoral College testimony „unless something emerges“ to substantiate President Trump’s allegations of widespread election fraud.
What has changed to put you suddenly on the side of questioning the outcome? Todd asked
Johnson urged viewers to „read“ a letter he signed with other Republican lawmakers outlining their plan to challenge certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory until the investigation into the fraud allegations was completed.
Johnson tried to explain himself, but Todd angered the Republican from Wisconsin along the way with a series of comments, including describing Johnson as „on fire“ claiming he had helped ignite the „fire“ that led to allegations of election fraud. Johnson promptly dropped Todd’s comments during the interview and explained them in detail when Fox News reached him.
“It’s a pity that Chuck Todd showed really horrible and unprofessional behavior. I don’t care who the US Senator is, but accusing a US Senator of being a burner and putting words in my mouth – I didn’t set that fire,” Johnson told Fox News.
NBC News declined to comment on Fox News.
Todd also insisted during the interview that Johnson had spent a lot of time over the past two years “carrying a lot of this crazy conspiracy water for President Trump,” and asked if he was simply trying to “win over” Trump supporters.
Johnson tried to answer the question but wanted to cut it off again.
„Stop, you cannot release these unproven allegations,“ Todd said, before explaining to Johnson why there is a judicial system to ensure election integrity. Todd went on to ask if the Homeland Security Committee would hold hearings upon landing on the moon, which means that rumors and allegations are all Johnson requires to question the legality.
Johnson defended himself on air and the bickering continued, but the senator feels Todd’s outburst is simply the latest example of Americans‘ distrust of the mainstream media.
„ The media set this blaze with Democrats and FBI members, Comey the scientist who conducted a corrupt investigation – Democrats lied about evidence of Trump’s camp collusion with Russia when they testified under oath, behind closed doors, “ Johnson said, referring to the director of the FBI The former Federalist „committed this crime for two years, and the media carried its waters.“ James Comey.
„What created the situation was the left, the media, social media so biased that you have conservatives in America who simply don’t trust the mainstream media,“ Johnson said. „They don’t trust her and why should they?“
Johnson feels that Todd and other members of the mainstream media may have debunked some of the fraud allegations but turned around and claimed that voter fraud did not exist at all because they wanted Trump to lose.
Johnson said, „They made a comprehensive statement, all of this has been discredited. No evidence, nothing to see.“ „The press wanted Biden to win.“
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