In Kentucky, a GOP state representative is refusing to resign despite pressure from his party. Rep. Dan Johnson is accused of sexually molesting a 17-year-old friend of his daughter after a New Year’s Eve party. Johnson is denying the accusations while also saying he doesn’t know what happened that night because he was drugged at a bar. Seems legit, right?
Johnson is the latest example of an accused molester not doing himself any favors by appearing to be a total weirdo.
“This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit, these are unfounded accusations, totally,” state Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mount Washington, said at a press conference at his church attended by family, campaign volunteers and members of his congregation.
Johnson, a self-anointed “pope” of his congregation, is accused of sexually abusing a member of Heart of Fire Church in the Fern Creek area when she was 17.
He opened his press conference about the accusations with his church choir singing Oh Come All Ye Faithful, as is customary nowhere on the planet.
Johnson said his wife and daughters were close to the young woman. He said the woman was a church member whom he claims was upset about how he spoke to the girls that night.
“I don’t want to blast this girl, I have a lot of compassion for her,” Johnson said. “I’m very sorrowful that she’s in this dark place in her life.”
He nevertheless accused her of attacking him for partisan political reasons. He is the victim in all this.
Johnson, who represents parts of Bullitt County, said the woman’s claims are partly motivated by his political opponents and his support of conservative causes. He claimed the woman was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race and supports abortion rights.
“This is an assault on all real people, there’s no perfect people and you get into office and all of sudden political hacks come against you and start accusing you after you’re in office,” Johnson said.
He acknowledged that he sent a Facebook message to the woman in January 2013 saying he couldn’t remember what happened New Year’s night because he was “drugged” at a local bar.
I suppose anything is possible, but that story would at least return a false positive on every bullsh*t detector within a five-mile radius. Just the fact that he is vehemently denying that something took place while simultaneously claiming he has no memory of the time it allegedly happened should send up a ton of red flags.
Asked why he didn’t file a police report, Johnson said, “I’m not trying to bring accusations against a bar.” He later said at the press conference that he did recall what happened the night in question and that he never entered the room where the young woman was sleeping.
Is this guy even for real? (I mean he looks like Donald Trump had a kid with Alex Jones and seems to be as mentally stable as you’d expect from such a hybrid.)
Molesting a sleeping minor isn’t the first thing to put Johnson on the defensive within his own party. While running for the office he currently holds, Johnson made waves with a lot of bigoted content on his Facebook page.
The chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky denounced a GOP state House candidate who refused Friday to apologize for posting images and memes that display prejudice toward a variety of groups on his personal Facebook page.
One image posted by Dan Johnson, the bishop of Heart of Fire Church in Louisville, has this message for Muslims: “Allah sucks. Mohammed sucks. Islam sucks. Any of you Hadji’s have an issue with me saying this, PM me and I’ll gladly give you my address. You can come visit me, where I promise I will KILL YOU in my front yard!!” (emphasis added)
You may remember when he came under fire for posting pictures depicting the Obamas as apes, but he’s not racist or anything. His Facebook page has since been cleaned to a publicly acceptable level of MAGAism.
If he survives politically, this guy has potential to go far in the Trumpublican party. He’s not politically correct and he fights!
Plus he has the courage to celebrate Christmas.