Ron Johnson, a Republican Senator from Wisconsin, on Tuesday went on to back the rioters, who breached the US Capitol on January 6, at the first public hearing held by the US Senate for the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill.
Johnson, who has been known to frequently support and promote discredited conspiracy theories in the US, stated that the supporters of the former US President Donald Trump were in a "festive mood" before law enforcement officials guarding the Capitol building fired tear gas canister at them.
He further added, "Of the thousands of people I passed or who passed me along Constitution Avenue, some were indignant and contemptuous of Congress, but not one appeared angry or incited to riot. Many of the marchers were families with small children. Many were elderly, overweight or just plain tired or frail, traits not typically attributed to the riot-prone" while citing a piece written by J Michael Waller in The Federalist, reported The Independent.
Josh Hawley, another Republican lawmaker, has come into the crosshairs of the netizens, who have been grilling the Missouri Senator, for asking questions to the law enforcement officials about the violent riots on January 6.
The backlash on Twitter comes while citing a photo of Hawley which was released moments after a riot was declared at the Capitol in which he can be seen walking outside the chambers with a closed fist in the air, showing solidarity and support for the rioters.
Hawley, who was the first Senator to oppose the results of the electoral college of US, asked those testifying if they thought that law enforcement agencies were "complicit" in the violent outbreak which claimed the lives of five people.