Johnson Apologizes to Future Victims of ‘Iranian Nuclear Attack’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, took to the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday to “present a plausible scenario and an apology … to the survivors and to every victim for what will forever be known as the Iranian nuclear attack.”

Johnson’s said he didn’t expect his apology would be noted until after the year 2030 when someone searching “what remains of the Internet” would stumble upon his remarks, “someone surrounded … by the smoking ruins of leveled buildings, the incinerated corpses of those lucky enough to be killed in the first seconds of the blast. …

To the people of 2030, on behalf of America, I’m truly sorry.”

Johnson’s remarks, circulated to reporters in his district and posted on YouTube, came as House Republicans decided Wednesday to hold a vote Friday – the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Johnson, whose district includes part of Mahoning County, all of Columbiana County and south to Marietta, is opposed to the deal.

His Democratic counterpart in Ohio’s 13th district, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, issued a statement Wednesday in support of the agreement.

Said Ryan in a prepared statement, “Most importantly for me, because I don’t trust Iran, supporting this deal strongly positions America should Iran violate this agreement and continue to pursue a nuclear program. If we give diplomacy a chance, and Iran violates the agreement, we will have the support and backing of the international community.”

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