Ron Johnson is starting the new year off with a bang — and not in any positive sense of the idiom. Instead, Johnson has picked right up where he ended 2021, introducing a “mind-bogglingly weird anti-vaccine argument” that has doctors and some priests, further condemning his efforts to spread COVID-19 misinformation

(For those just tuning in, Johnson has repeatedly and unapologetically worked to undermine trust in the safe and effective COVID vaccines for the past year, despite acknowledging in December 2020 that doing so “will cause people’s deaths.” You can also find a helpful rundown of Johnson’s other “most controversial” 2021 statements, here.)

If only that were Johnson’s one dangerous lie this week. But alas, on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Johnson made sure to downplay the violence of that day and further spread conspiracy theories about the attack — all while failing to acknowledge that he was one “of Trump’s ringleaders in the plot leading up to the Capitol attack.”

The upshot for 2022: As Johnson prepares to run for reelection, he’s fully burned through any credibility he ever had with Wisconsin voters and “become the Republican Party’s foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation.”

Taking heat for (still) lying about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 Capitol attack:

Facing backlash for lying about vaccines:

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