Lots of people are pointing and laughing at Senator Ron Johnson after he came up with ridiculous claims about a mysterious secret FBI clique.
Two days after not only going on Fox News and claiming he could prove the existence of a rogue “secret society” in the FBI dedicated to destroying Donald Trump, but also announcing that there was an “informant” to corroborate the made-up story, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has become a national punchline as the entire GOP charade has collapsed spectacularly.
The caper is just the latest desperate attempt by Republicans to save the White House from looming legal jeopardy.
The strategy is stupid and obvious: The GOP is trying to dismantle trust in the FBI so that when the Trump White House gets indictments, the public relations defense will center on the claim of how unreliable federal law enforcement is.
It’s an astonishing strategy for a political party that “have often sold ourselves as the party of law enforcement, and not just on the state and local level, but the federal level as well,” Representative Charlie Dent said on Wednesday, asking his Republican colleagues to “temper” their anti-FBI speech.
But it’s far too late for Johnson, who is now paying a high price for his reckless behavior.
His step-on-a-rake routine started Tuesday night when he claimed a text message between two FBI employees proved that there was “a group that was holding secret meetings off-site” and means there is “corruption, more than bias.”
Remember, this is the chairman of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who is going on national television and inventing a Deep State conspiracy within the FBI.
Still, the paranoid and brainwashed fever swamp GOP press loved it.
However, with the text message now public — “Are you going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society” — it’s obvious to any rational thinking person that the message was a joke, i.e., Let’s form a secret society, haha. Moreover, there’s no connection to Donald Trump implied at all, but the kind of conservative who believes this kind of thing (there are a lot of them) is too stupid to realize that.
On Thursday, Johnson confirmed that the text message was not a gateway into a mysterious, Trump-hating FBI underground. Rather, it was a joke made between friends. (The senator has yet to explain the “informant” nonsense.) Fox News has since given up on the whole charade.
Talking on the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) belittled Senator Johnson for making up “delusional” and “paranoid” lies about the FBI.
On Twitter, Johnson keeps getting roasted over his dopey “secret society” lie:
I, for one, applaud Sen Johnson for exposing the FBI secret society. I believe it includes the Deep State, the illumanati, Knights of Columbus, New Kids on the Block, and Ted Cruz’s father.
Well done Senator. Well done. https://t.co/AHTiOuwY1O
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) January 25, 2018
you’re all late for secret society meeting
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 25, 2018
FBI SECRET SOCIETY SCHEDULE
Wednesday: Bridge Club
Thursday: Deep State Coup
Friday: Tai Chi
Saturday: Movie night – “As Good As It Gets” (1997)
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 25, 2018
Perhaps the next time Johnson feels the need to go to Fox News and spread lies about the FBI, his small brain will think twice.