During Sen. Ron Johnson’s appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, host Chuck Todd just about lost it when the Wisconsin senator pushed back on his line of questioning by bringing up texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
WATCH: @SenRonJohnson is asked why he winced.@chucktodd: "I have no idea why we're going here. … Can we please answer the question I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him?" #MTP pic.twitter.com/52ZbGaybhI
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 6, 2019
In the lead-up to Johnson’s response (which was edited out of the clip tweeted by ‘Meet the Press’), Johnson told Todd that he should ask John Brennan (who was also on Sunday’s show) what Peter Strzok meant with his “leaking like mad” text to Lisa Page.
This apparently upset Todd because he immediately started interrupting, raising his voice and chiding Johnson for bringing a “Fox News conspiracy” to his show.
Notice @MeetThePress made the interview & clips about themselves rather than what Senator said. Thank you @SenRonJohnson for trying to explain what you’ve requested from an Inspector General, @realDonaldTrump said to you, & that there are still questions from 2016. #MAGA https://t.co/z1e61fvBHj
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) October 6, 2019
If you watch the entire exchange, Johnson did answer the specific question Todd asked while putting his narrative to bed. Nevertheless, the Left descended into character assassination.
The Ron Johnson performance on @MeetThePress was beyond embarrassing. Recommendation to my former colleagues: don’t do this. Stay off tv if you’re afraid. But don’t do this. History will not be kind.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 6, 2019
Hard to come to any conclusion other than Ron Johnson is a crackpot. I can’t believe the people of Wisconsin will re elect him. THis is the best attack ad stuff on Johnson in his own words that I have ever heard https://t.co/FVAWx7Ojyx
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) October 6, 2019
You can do so much better than Senator Ron Johnson.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 6, 2019
Later on, Todd told John Brennan that Sen. Johnson was “triggered” by the discussion. It was quite apparent that someone on the show was triggered, but it wasn’t Sen. Johnson.