MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chose a talk show aimed at a conservative audience to respond to charges of racism against him four days earlier after another talk show. To Milwaukee-based talker Dan O‘Donnell, Johnson said that Democrats and the news media were off base and biased  to say he exposed himself as a white racist in the earlier interview. “There’s no racism involved in this at all,” he said. “Had nothing to do with race. It had everything to do with riots.” He accused his critics of “playing the race card, like they always do.” Johnson asserted that summer Black Lives Matter protests resulted in more damage and people killed than the insurrection at the Capitol. He said 25 deaths were tied to Black Lives Matter protests contrasted with five deaths at the Capitol and two deaths. He did not mention that the source if his data, the nonprofit Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, determined also that more than 90% of the summer protests were peaceful.

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O’Donnell. A Milwaukee radio anchor now with a national show on the iHeart network. IHeart promotes his “unique conservative commentary and analysis.”