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Barnes, liberal mayor distance themselves from refugee charged with sex crime

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Liberals like Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes who have tried to shame critics of President Joe Biden’s chaotic Afghan refugee resettlement project are now scurrying to erase their photo-ops with Matiullah Matie.

The 40-year-old Matie has been arrested on fourth-degree sexual assault charges after being accused of assaulting the volunteer who was helping Matie and his family settle into their new life in Wausau. Police say the volunteer reported that Matie assaulted her in a vehicle last week.

He faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Matie was held up by Wausau’s liberal mayor, Barnes and liberal news outlets as the face of what they demand has been a successful resettlement movement. Wausau liberals painted as racist anyone who raised questions about the questionable vetting process of Afghan refugees following the Biden administration’s catastrophic withdrawal last year from Afghanistan.

Mayor Katie Rosenberg told a far left northern Wisconsin publication last month that the refugees shouldn’t have to deal with prejudice “in addition to having to adapt to a new culture, new food, and new language.”

“I’m a little nervous. We’ve had our difficulties talking about equity and diversity here,” Rosenberg said. “There are some nerve-wracking things about that.”

Now, Rosenberg is frantically trying to distance herself from Matie. She hastily removed the promotional photos with the accused that once plastered her official Facebook page. We could no longer find the photo Barnes took with Matie, his children and Rosenberg on Barnes’ official U.S. Senate campaign Twitter account, either.

Barnes does boast about Rosenberg’s recent endorsement.

 

Wausau conservative talk show host Meg Ellefson, a vocal critic of the virtue-signaling mayor and her liberal policies, has saved some of the photos. She was kind enough to send some to Empower Wisconsin. Ellefson has been covering the story.

“It’s ironic how leftists are all about women’s ‘rights’ and breaking the glass ceiling yet are embracing a culture that totally and openly dismisses women as equals,” Ellefson said.  “Wausau’s mayor and those involved in importing the Afghanis to our community claim that this perp was fully vetted. Who vouched for him?”

Rosenberg issued a statement insisting she was “stunned and heartbroken” to hear about the sexual assault allegations.

“Every person deserves to feel safe and be protected from sexual assault,” the mayor said.

That’s what her fellow Wausau citizens have been trying to tell her. They were called racists and xenophobes.

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany warned of security concerns months ago as Biden’s Department of Defense relocated thousands of Afghan refugees to Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy military base.

“For months, I have been sounding the alarm on the Biden administration’s dangerous immigration policies. From our wide-open southern border and a return to the failed “catch and release” policies of the past, to allowing tens of thousands of often poorly vetted Afghan evacuees into our country and sticking local communities with the human and financial costs, the last year has been a disaster across the board,” the Minocqua Republican said in his weekly message to constituents. “In recent months, I’ve raised questions about the role of non-profit groups, resettlement groups, and the role of the UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration in financing the movement of migrants into and around the US.”

Tiffany raised his concerns weeks before two Afghan refugees were charged with violent crimes while residing at Fort McCoy.

Bahrullah Noori, 20 at the time, has been charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, and with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, with one count alleging the use of force.

Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, was charged with assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her on Sept. 7, the complaint states.

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6 thoughts on “Barnes, liberal mayor distance themselves from refugee charged with sex crime

  • “I’m a little nervous. We’ve had our difficulties talking about equity and diversity here,” Rosenberg said. “There are some nerve-wracking things about that.”

    The “nerve-wracking” thing here is that the libs think that people from a third-world country, who’s “laws” are open to interpretation depending on which “holy man” is making the call, would just soak up all of their political activism and change the way they and their ancestors have lived for centuries at the drop of a hat.

  • When 9-11 happened I knew nothing about Islam. That evening I was on my computer and looking up any thing I could about Islam, since then I have read many books and articles about Muslims and Islam. This does not suprise me in the least. It still amazes me that when I ask people if they know anything about the subject, they say no. People better wake up. Nonie Darwish has written many books about the subject Islam and her life as muslim women. Ayann Hirsi Ali has also written books also. Her last book “Prey” is a must bread to help understand the difference. Islam is nothing like Christianity or other Christian faiths. The Gatestoneinstitiute.org is an interesting webpage to read.

  • There are some very stark cultural differences between what is common/allowable in Afghanistan and what is tolerated here. Does no one try to educate these individuals when they come to the U. S., or is it so ingrained that they cannot be taught? That needs to be taken into consideration, also, when bringing them to the U. S.

  • You have only just started to hear stories of these assaults! If you don’t know then read. there isn’t sexual assault of woman where these people come from. If a victim complains the stone them!

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