Press Release
October 17, 2016
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
(608) 444-3483
Cody Oliphant

If Sen. Ron Johnson Won’t Defend the Indefensible, How Does He Justify His Own Record on Sexual Assault Issues?

Record Includes Failing to Report Assault of Staff Person to Authorities, Dismissing Claims of Victim of Harassment and Voting Against Violence Against Women Act

MADISON Wis. — Attempting to deflect questions about why he is still endorsing Donald Trump for President after he bragged about sexually assaulting women with impunity and numerous women have come forward to report Trump assaulted them, Sen. Ron Johnson declared he was, “not going to defend the indefensible.” One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye challenged Johnson to defend his own record on sexual assault issues.

“Sen. Johnson has shown he’s going to stand by Donald Trump, despite mounting evidence his endorsed presidential candidate is a sexual predator,” commented Dye. “While he claims he won’t defend Trump’s behavior the question is, can he defend his own?”

Dye pointed to numerous incidents involving Johnson that call into question not only his judgment but also whether or not he even recognizes that sexual assault and sexual harassment are serious issues, including:

Ron Johnson Did Not Inform Law Enforcement After Being Told by Staff Member of Her Assault
“U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, his chief of staff and a Waukesha County GOP official were all told three years ago of allegations that a then-aide to the senator had been sexually assaulted by state Rep. Bill Kramer, but none of them took the matter to the police or Assembly leaders.”

Johnson Questioned If Sexual Harassment Incident Occurred in US Senate
“Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is not buying fellow Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent claim that she was subject to sexual harassment and fat-shaming within the hallowed halls of the Senate. He’s not buying it at all. On the NewsmaxTV show The Steve Malzberg Show, Johnson addressed Gillibrand’s remarks, saying that if she actually had been harassed, she should be able to name names. He simply cannot just take her word for it.”

Johnson Voted Against the Violence Against Women Act
“In a statement Wednesday, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said he voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act because it contained “serious flaws,” including an “unconstitutional expansion of tribal authority. Johnson was one of 22 senators – all Republicans – who voted Tuesday against re-authorization of the law, which offers protections and aid to victims of domestic violence.”

She concluded, “Sen. Johnson may be trying to run from the conduct of the candidate he’s supporting for president, but he can’t hide from his own record. By failing to report crimes to the authorities, dismissing the experiences of victims of harassment, and voting against laws that help protect women from violence he’s contributed to a culture in which the disgusting behavior of Donald Trump was able to span decades without being stopped. And that is also indefensible.”

# # #

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

paul ryan
Press Release

Report: Speaker Paul Ryan to Retire at End of 2018

A national publication today reported that Speaker Paul Ryan may retire from Congress at the end of his term in 2018.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/14/2017
u.s. senator from wisconsin ron johnson
Press Release

Ron Johnson Must Apologize for Equating Sexual Assault of Children with ‘Dating’

One Wisconsin Now is demanding Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) immediately apologize for equating the sexual assault of a 14-year-old with “dating.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/13/2017
us capitol building
Press Release

Will Sen. Ron Johnson Put His Own Pocketbook Before Principle?

Rush is On to Pass GOP Tax Giveaway That Could Include ‘Badger Bribe’ Before Newly-Elected Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones Takes Seat
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/13/2017
wisconsin state senator leah vukmir
Press Release

Leah Vukmir Goes 'Back to the Future' With Outrageous Claim

Unless GAB had a secret time machine, it is impossible for Leah Vukmir to claim they targeted her in 2012 for something she did in late 2015.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/11/2017
seat at table
Press Release

Ron Johnson’s ‘Seat at the Table’ Doesn’t Include Actual Seat at Table

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson was left off conference committee on GOP tax giveaway after bragging he would personally protect his ‘Badger Bribe’
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/08/2017
scott walker in front of stars and stripes and money
Press Release

Scott Walker Extends Craven Campaign Cash Chase to Foreign Policy

Scott Walker has endorsed Donald Trump’s controversial announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/07/2017
accountant calculator
In the News

The Federal Tax Code Is the Latest Weapon in GOP Assault on Higher Education

Several provisions in the tax bill being advanced by Congressional Republicans target student loan borrowers, students, and the schools they attend.
The Progressive
12/04/2017
u.s. senator from wisconsin ron johnson
Press Release

Ron Johnson Gets His ‘Badger Bribe’ to Vote for Disastrous Tax Cut Plan

Ron Johnson was bought off by getting his company a new tax break and he didn’t even hide it. If this ‘Badger Bribe’ isn’t a crime, it should be.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
12/01/2017