NBC host of ‘Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd called out Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson for trying to overturn the election based on false allegations of voter fraud.
“You and your colleagues have created this controversy,” Todd said. “We are now locked into a destructive vicious circle. You made an allegation that there was widespread fraud. You have failed to offer specific evidence of that widespread fraud. But you’re demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud.”
“So, essentially, you’re the arsonist here,” Todd continued. “President Trump is the arsonist here. You’ve started this fire and now you’re saying look at this, all these people believe what we told them because you didn’t have the guts to tell the truth that this election was fair.”
Johnson said he “did not start this” adding that it started when “the mainstream media dropped any pretense of being unbiased and actually chose sides during this election” and when they ignored his investigation of Hunter Biden.
“You have spent much of your time carrying a lot of this crazy conspiratorial water for President Trump,” Todd said interrupting Johnson’s rant. “I’m just trying to understand here. What are you doing it for? Are you simply trying to curry favor with constituents of the president? Is this just some political ploy?”
Johnson said he’s just trying to be transparent before repeating a false claim that people voted twice in Nevada, a claim that election officials in the state say is not true.
Johnson was one of 11 Republican senators to sign on to challenge the results of the election in Congress on Wednesday.
In a joint statement the senators led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz say “they will reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until an emergency 10-day audit is completed.”