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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:47 PM

'Who leaked?' Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's conspiracy-filled defense of Trump, analyzed.

On Friday, a powerful Republican senator indicated to the Wall Street Journal that he had been concerned this summer that President Trump was creating a quid pro quo with Ukraine by holding up military aid. But he appeared to quickly regret sharing something so seemingly damaging, and he immediately began walking back his statements.

It was likely not a coincidence then that on Sunday, that senator, Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), went on TV to try to defend the president. Except, he arguably did more damage to the president’s cause by showing just how difficult it is to defend Trump right now.

In his interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Johnson refused to answer basic questions about why he was concerned about Trump, instead bringing up a conspiracy theory about a former FBI official that has nothing to do with this matter. “Answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you’re not criticizing him,” an exasperated host Chuck Todd said at one point.

The interview underscored that, increasingly, to defend Trump amid revelations from a whistleblower complaint and diplomatic text messages alleging he used his power as president to pressure a foreign country to help him politically, Republicans like Johnson and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have to ignore or ditch the facts altogether.


Who leaked? Trump did. Taking all that Adderall has made him incontenant.

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