sen. Ron Johnson tries to get rid of the threats he has made to Social Security

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has angrily denied that he ever threatened the Social Security program — even though he did.

Johnson, a committed Trump ally who is lagging in the polls in the upcoming midterm elections, last month proposed to decide funding for Social Security (and Medicare) year after year as part of “discretionary” spending programs. That would expose funding to one potentially fierce partisan political battle each year, jeopardizing predictable incomes for some 69 million Americans — most of whom have paid into the program their entire working lives.

Johnson insisted on Sunday that “Fox & Friends” claiming he is out to undermine Social Security is a “lie”.

“All the Democrats can do is lie about me,” the critical senator said. “The most outrageous lie they are telling about me right now is that I want to cut or end Social Security… what elected official would ever want to cut Social Security? It’s absurd at first glance. I want to save Social Security.”

Johnson warns on his campaign website that Social Security benefits may have to be “cut back” without enough money to support the program. Still, during the Trump administration, Johnson voted enthusiastically to cut corporate taxes by 40%, sucking an estimated $2.3 trillion out of the US treasury over 10 years.

Ben Nuckels, a Wisconsin-based Democratic strategist, said Johnson had stepped on the “third rail” of US politics by threatening the stability of Social Security and Medicare funding.

“Ron Johnson never misses an opportunity to put his foot in his mouth,” Nuckels told The Hill. “Johnson opened up this great new line of attack with his radical, extreme stances on Social Security that voters 55 and older will be well aware of. If you have 60-65% of the voters over 50, that’s going to be a big problem for him,” he said.

The Social Security issue isn’t the only one Johnson is now trying to evade.

He is also dodging his attempt to deliver a series of fake voters to former Vice President Mike Pence to topple the 2020 presidential election. Now he insists he was only involved for “seconds” and that he really had no idea what was going on.

“I had virtually no involvement,” the senator said told a reporter last month. “Literally, my engagement lasted seconds, okay?”

Johnson never had a chance to give the names of the fake voters because Pence’s chief of staff said they would not be accepted.

One of the fake voters is on Johnson’s campaign payroll. The Justice Department is currently investigating false voters in Wisconsin and six other states and their plot to overturn voter choice, according to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 House Committee.

Johnson currently appears to be the most vulnerable of Republican senators in the midterm elections. The 11-year Senate veteran is trailing Democratic opponent Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes.


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