Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., suggested over the weekend that Democrats are engaging in voter suppression because many people in Wisconsin believe he is a “tool” of Russia.
During a Sunday interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo argued that there was reason to “distrust and question” the honesty of elections.
“That was part of what went on in 2020,” she told Johnson. “People were questioning. Well, can we trust them? We know what they just did in the Russia collusion hoax.”
“You say they are interfering with your election!” the host exclaimed, “because of these smears on you.”
Bartiromo added: “Tell me about your opponent and why you believe you are being smeared and this is the result: 50% for [Mandela] Barnes, 46% for Johnson in the Wisconsin senate race [polls].”
Johnson claimed Democrats “interfered in the 2020 election far greater than anything Russia or China could ever do.”
The senator said that Democrats leaked a briefing about his connections to Russia.
“Basically saying that I’m a tool of Russia, which I am not,” Johnson remarked. “It’s a completely false accusation. The Wisconsin press picks that up and [some] people in Wisconsin think I’m a tool of Vladimir Putin.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he insisted. “But they have smeared me publicly and they just might impact the 2022 election here in Wisconsin as well. Because, let’s face it, Maria, they do not want me reelected because I would be chairman on the permanent subcommittee on investigations. They know I will investigate their corruption.”
Watch the video clip below from Fox News.