Insurgent Sen. Ron Johnson tried to portray himself as a friend of law enforcement during the Wisconsin Senate debate, and it didn’t go down well.
Mandela Barnes calls Ron Johnson an insurgency supporter during Wisconsin Senate debate. pic.twitter.com/nMUZCqeLYv
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Johnson said: ‘Every time I see a police officer I approach them and say thank you for your service. If I have time, I say please don’t be discouraged by the license of you trying to defund you.
Barnes had a ready answer: “I’m sure he didn’t have the same interaction with the 140 officers who were injured in the January 6 uprising. An officer stabbed this middle stake. Another crushed between a revolving door. Another blow to the head with a fire extinguisher. When we talk about respect, think of the 140 officers he left behind because of an insurrection he supported.
It was that kind of night for Sen. Ron Johnson, who is running for office in violation of his term limit promise. The most recent poll has Wisconsin’s US Senate election tied at 47%-47%. Debates don’t usually change your mind, but very bad nights can tip some undecided voters into a tight competition.
Ron Johnson did not have a good debate. When a candidate is called out for being a supporter of the effort to overthrow the government, things don’t go well.
It’s going to be hard to upset an incumbent like Johnson, but Mandela Barnes sent a powerful message watching the role of a U.S. senator.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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