Sen Ron Johnson hits back at ‘coordinated attack’ over tax allegations: ‘This isn’t journalism. It’s partisan activism’

Conservative Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), who is known for his attacks against CRT, the border, the Iran nuclear deal, and a host of other woke topics, decried a report asserting that he was using tax dollars to pay for his trips between Washington, D.C. and his Florida vacation home, calling it “a fully coordinated attack.”

On Thursday, Johnson took to Twitter to push back against the report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. He called the piece “the politics of personal destruction.”

“This isn’t journalism, it’s advocacy,” he proclaimed calling it a “garbage story.”

“It is a fully coordinated attack by the Dem Party and their allies in the media,” he added.

“When the truth isn’t on their side, Dems and MSM media lie, distort, and engage in the politics of personal destruction,” Johnson charged. “Wisconsin and America deserve better.”

Federal records referred to by the article allegedly purport that Johnson was reimbursed with federal money for 19 flights between Fort Myers, FL, and Washington, DC, between 2013 and 2021.

“Democrats say the expenditures by the multimillionaire Republican are a waste of public money because they say the trips have nothing to do with his official job representing Wisconsin at the U.S. Capitol,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated.

“Wisconsin’s senior senator went to Fort Myers at least nine times between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 10, 2021. Those flights between Florida and Washington cost taxpayers anywhere from $227 to $1,152,” the media outlet reported.

“Travel records show that Johnson attended a meeting, via teleconference from Florida, with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and a couple of Republican senators at Trump International Hotel to discuss allegations of election fraud on Jan. 4, 2021. Johnson also did a televised interview with host Chuck Todd of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ from Fort Myers,” the Sentinel continued.

“Johnson then billed taxpayers $565 to fly to Washington two days later to vote on certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Johnson was among those who voted in favor of certification, after first indicating that he planned to join with 10 other Republican senators in objecting to the certification,” the apparently biased piece noted.

“He returned to Florida on Jan. 7, the day after the attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump,” the Sentinel concluded.

“The senator has always gone above and beyond to abide by Senate rules,” Johnson spokeswoman Alexa Henning stated claiming the money was used for legitimate purposes. “He has never been reimbursed for travel to visit family in Florida but is reimbursed for returning for official business to Washington, DC.”

Philip Shulman, who is a spokesman for the Democratic Party, attacked Johnson for being wealthy and said he should not be asking taxpayers to pay for flights between Florida and Washington.

“Whether it’s helping pass legislation that enriched himself and his biggest donors or spending thousands in taxpayer dollars to fly to and from his family vacation home in Florida, Ron Johnson’s priority is his self-serving agenda, not Wisconsinites,” Shulman charged in an apparent bid to swing the upcoming election and negate Johnson’s stance on conservative issues, including his condemnation of Senate Leader Chuck Schumer’s blockage of school safety legislation put forth by Republicans in the wake of the Uvalde school massacre.

Johnson is seeking reelection this fall in a contest that is being called a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. The state appears to be a weak spot for Republicans in the upcoming midterms and the timing of the report on the reimbursement of funds to the senator seems highly suspicious and calculated.

“Ron Johnson has always been outspoken. He’s not been afraid to be in front of issues that others may back away from. And as a result, he becomes a polarized figure, especially in the media. That could cause some Republicans to worry how Johnson is portrayed during the campaign,” Wisconsin GOP strategist Brandon Scholz told The Hill. “Certainly, Democrats will attack him for comments that he has made on issues that they feel could be wedge issues.”

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