The Senate election reform bill that was blocked by Republicans is not a true voters' rights measure, but an attempt to help "Democrats cheat in the elections," Sen. Ron Johnson told Newsmax on Wednesday.
"What Republicans want to do is, we want to restore confidence in our voting system," the Wisconsin Republican said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "It's an unsustainable state of affairs that no matter who wins, the other half of the country doesn't believe that the elections are legitimate."
The "For the People Act" failed to advance Tuesday on a 50-50 party-line vote, short of the 60-vote majority needed to overcome a filibuster. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., decided at the last minute to side with his party, which gave Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the party unity he'd been seeking for weeks.
There were "real problems" in the 2020 election because unelected officials and courts were "usurping the constitutional authority of state legislators to set the times, places, and manner of elections," Johnson said, along with other issues that "simply have not been acknowledged."
But Democrats want to pass a bill that would make it "easier to cheat," said Johnson, while "Republicans want to make it easier to vote but harder to cheat."
The Democrats' plan, he added, also calls for eliminating voter ID, requiring ballot harvesting, and making it more difficult to maintain accurate voter files.
But the biggest problem with the legislation is how it is "forcing American taxpayers to fund stupid TV ads — in support of politicians you hate," Johnson said. "I don't think that's particularly popular, either."
Johnson also spoke out against the censoring of information about the coronavirus and potential treatments beyond immunization.
"Why didn't our health agencies robustly explore and research things like early treatment?" Johnson said. "Could it be because if there's an effective therapy, it's difficult, if not impossible to get an emergency use authorization on a vaccine?''
The Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, which is cosponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "has over 1,700 deaths occurring after days one or two," Johnson said. "If you take a look at the 30-year history of theirs, and we have as many deaths reported after COVD vaccine than for the entire period that the vaccine system has been up or running."
But because anyone can report a death to the system, the deaths reported there "basically have not been investigated. It's unknown whether there is any relationship there," Dr. Brannon Traxler, public health director at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, told WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina.
VAERS itself warns in a disclaimer that its reports may be "incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, and unverified."
But Johnson said he does not think federal public health agencies are taking the reports seriously and believes the investigation into the vaccines should go forward.
He also said he has "no idea" why Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, is still in practice and accused him of covering up COVID's origins.
"I think the evidence has been hiding in plain sight with the gain of function research that he supported and funded for years was well known," Johnson said. "This is completely inexplicable. How we've handled the coronavirus, 600,000 lives later. Now they're finally saying hey, you know would be a good idea: How about a pill that reduces viral replication and severity of symptoms? Well, again, we've had those pills since the start of the pandemic. ... I guess [this] is a CYA exercise on the part of the NIH. This is a scandal, the entire thing is a scandal and unfortunately, the news media is completely complicit in it, which means they will never admit they're wrong."
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