Relentlessly conservative Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was roundly booed Saturday at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration.
“We don’t need you right here,” stated a member of a “rising crowd” of constituents booing the senator, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The boos have been so loud the senator was drowned out at one level as he spoke to a TV reporter on digital camera.
Johnson was not happy, complaining to the Journal that his reception is “not the way you heal a nation.”
He additionally stated it was “uncommon” habits for folk from Wisconsin. “Most individuals in Wisconsin say, ‘You’re in our prayers; we’re praying for you.’ … However you bought some folks right here which can be simply kind of nasty at some factors,” he instructed the Journal.
The senator claimed he heard solely “one” nasty remark, however a number of others have been captured on Twitter.
One spectator instructed the newspaper that “Ron Johnson’s politics aren’t for us.” A Twitter critic “translated” the boos to complaints about Johnson’s support for voter suppression and for the Capitol insurrection, which he has insisted was “peaceable” (although he additionally stated he would have been “concerned” had rioters been Black Lives Matter protesters).
Spectators have been additionally significantly upset that Johnson has steadfastly blocked making Juneteenth a vacation. Johnson single-handedly blocked the invoice from advancing within the Senate final yr due, he stated, to issues over its value.
He finally backed down this year on the final minute, then rapidly tried to capitalize on the vacation by turning up on the metropolis’s celebration.
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