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Sen. Johnson: Millions have lost confidence in election system

Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 8, 2021 

The following is a speech U.S. Sen. Johnson (R-Oshkosh) intended to deliver on the Senate floor before Wednesday’s protests devolved into a violent riot. The senator, who voted against his Republican colleagues’ objections to Arizona’s presidential election results, said he “refuses to dismiss the legitimate concerns of tens of millions of Americans who have lost faith in the institutions and the fairness of our electoral process.” 

Those who have lost confidence are not crazy. They are patriots who dearly love America and are alarmed by what they have witnessed over the last four years: a thoroughly corrupt FBI investigation of a duly elected president; a grossly biased media that has chosen sides and uses its power to interfere in our politics to a far greater extent than any foreign entity could ever hope to achieve; an increasingly powerful social media that censors news and conservative voices; and courts and election officials that usurp the constitutional authority of state legislatures in setting the times, places, and manner of holding elections.

Prior to election day, these patriots were reminded of the Carter-Baker Commission’s caution regarding absentee balloting: “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” and then they saw Covid being exploited to dramatically increase the use of absentee voting and extensive efforts to simultaneously weaken the controls governing it. They also hear that one of the social media moguls, Mark Zuckerberg, spent almost half a billion dollars to increase Democrat turnout in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions, and they wonder, “Is that even legal?”

Then on election day, they saw poll watchers being thrown out or obstructed from observing. They heard reports of dead people voting, votes being cast by people who have moved out of state or reside at vacant addresses, people voting twice, once by absentee ballot and once in person, of large Democrat-controlled counties waiting until after Republican counties have reported and then dumping their vote totals in the wee hours of the morning, election officials and others refusing to turn over evidence to those investigating irregularities, and courts refusing to hear what evidence was obtained and instead dismissing election challenges on procedural grounds.  

Is it any wonder that so many have lost confidence in the fairness of our election system and question the legitimacy of the result? 

The first step in solving any problem is admitting you have one. My support for a bipartisan commission to address electoral concerns is meant to acknowledge the problem and highlight that having a large percentage of Americans questioning the legitimacy of our elections is a dangerous reality that must be addressed.

This is not a problem that can be swept under the rug with the hope it will somehow solve itself. I recognized this early and held a hearing in December, but was only able to scratch the surface of the issues involved. Unless the election irregularities are fully investigated and explanations provided, I fear this problem will fester within the body politic and could lead to even greater rancor and division. 

While I am sympathetic and agree with many of the constitutional concerns raised by people on both sides of the political spectrum, I sincerely hope this debate will serve as a wake-up call to state legislatures to recognize the legitimacy of these concerns, fully investigate the irregularities in their states, reassert their authority over federal elections, and establish controls to restore confidence in our election system. The solution lies in the states, not with the federal government. 

For the future unity of our nation, it is crucial that states properly shoulder their responsibility, take the action required, and alleviate any doubt that future elections will be fair and legitimate.

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7 thoughts on “Sen. Johnson: Millions have lost confidence in election system

  • Appalled! I watched two Wisconsin Senator’s, Gallagher and Johnson fail to uphold and defend the Constitution and the voice and choice of WE THE PEOPLE who “WERE” disenfranchised! Instead, they and a host of other reprobate RINO’S, chose to moonwalk into the litter box of the left for cover of their shame. Albeit there were a courageous few, Scott Fitzgerald, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz to name a few. The majority faked outrage to camouflage their cowardice, THEY FAILED WISCONSIN, THEY FAILED AMERICA! They possessed no concrete knowledge or facts, as to who these rioters were, and rather than take a day or 2 to search for truth, they chose to join Democrats in another deception. (We) saw who they were, you could smell em’ after a summers worth of unfettered, unchecked mayhem WE knew!. NOW CONGRESS is OUTRAGED! They now exchanged honesty and integrity for a few pieces of silver? I am truly saddened by these reprobate watchmen, I am especially saddened and stunned by Senator Johnsons 180?? Troubling!

  • Such an important election deserves looking into those things mentioned. Keeping the voters registered lists are super important. Voting in more than one way is a travesty. The rolls should be checked at every election
    I hope Wisconsin will take a very active approach to these issues.

  • Both Johnson and Gallagher did not do what they were elected to do—be a voice for those who checked the box next to their names. All we wanted as Wisconsinites who voted for them was someone to stand up and share what we feel–that our state had illegal activity in the 2020 election and the votes that were a result of the illegal activity should not be counted. Gallagher went on a rant on Wednesday and now has sent a letter to Biden (will never put the word President before his name) begging him to ask Pelosi to not continue the impeachment process. Nice job trying to cover your butt. Your political career is over Gallagher. Trump has 51% approval rating right now and big tech unleashed full censorship of any conservative voice within 36 hours of the acceptance of the electoral votes. Our party has failed us. They could have repealed Section 230. They haven’t listened to what is important to the people who trusted them and placed them in office. Incredibly sad to see where our country is going and how few in the Republican party are willing to stand up and fight.

  • If anyone expects the in-coming administration to make an attempt to correct the situation, I have a bridge across Lake Michigan for sale cheap. We have not only lost faith in the election process but also the products of that process. Do drastic times require drastic measures? That, until now, unthinkable thought is being considered by many.

  • No kidding! But Senator Johnson, we have lost faith in you also. You became a turncoat the minute you couldn’t stand up to a few rioters and voted against decertification of the fraudulent elections. And that goes for every Republican in Wisconsin who turned tail and run.

  • It is indeed unfortunate that our system of government has degraded to such a point of unreliability and untrustworthiness! The various investigations into the fraud which occurred during this last election has given great indication as to the reality of that fraud, unfortunately the courts have refused to even hear the facts and testimony! For a country that is allegedly based upon the rule of law there can be no law if the courts refuse to hear cases! Suppose someone embezzled 40 million dollars the facts indicated that this was in fact the situation but the courts refused to hear any testimony regarding the embezzlement! Would we have a reason to be upset? Is this the manner in which our future will be based? When did we descend into a Banana Republic?

  • I have quick chats with the checker at the grocer store.
    Not so for government workers.
    They are in it for the money, not for the service they provide to the public who pays their salary.

    Any time citizens have any interaction with GOVERNMENT WORKERS, the following thoughts will stick in our mind:
    This is a government worker, and not usually the smartest cookie in the cookie jar.
    They work for great benefits and pension.
    I am just a number, a person in the line.
    The government worker says NEXT
    I pay my taxes, request a permit, whatever.
    Government worker does whatever he / she must do to get me out the door.
    Or else harasses me to ensure COMPLETE COMPLIANCE, otherwise I get to wait and pay more to comply.

    This was a sad day for ALL Americans.

    If Democrats were looking for respect, burning up American cities was not the right strategy.

    If President Trump does leave office, he will leave with a very large following, and we all know he can make a lot of noise.
    The main stream media will not be honest in their reporting.
    But there are now many other options.
    American citizens will be heard.

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