Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's efforts to mislead on Covid-19 and January 6 insurrection - 2021-06-14
Washington (CNN) Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's penchant for spreading false claims and misinformation shows no signs of stopping after a week in which he touted falsehoods related to both the January 6 Capitol riot and Covid-19.
The senator faced online punishment Friday after making false claims over treatments for Covid-19 and, over the weekend, downplayed the events of the January 6 riot during an interview on Fox News. Johnson has been one of the most prominent Republican senators this year to make false and incorrect claims -- often repeating narratives touted by former President Donald Trump and his allies -- over the pandemic and the Capitol riot.
On Friday, YouTube suspended Johnson's account after it posted a video of the senator making dubious claims about treatments for the coronavirus. In the video, Johnson voiced support for using hydroxychloroquine against the virus, the same drug Trump enthusiastically endorsed and used as a preventative treatment for coronavirus last year.