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Would Mandela Barnes make Milwaukee safer?

MADISON — There’s good news and bad news for radical left U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes.

The lieutenant governor is leading his liberal rivals in Milwaukee County, according to a new poll. But the No. 1 issue facing county residents is crime. That’s tough for the Democrat, who has vilified law enforcement while placating the unhinged defund-police movement.

Barnes is favored by 39 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in Wisconsin’s largest county, according to the poll, conducted by Remington Research Group. That’s a sizeable lead in the crowded field of eight Democrats vying to replace U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. The Oshkosh Republican hasn’t announced whether he will seek a third term.

His lead in Milwaukee was so daunting perhaps that fellow candidate and Milwaukeean state Sen. Chris Larson dropped out of the Dem primary.

The poll was commissioned by Milwaukee Works, Inc. a 501c4 nonprofit that advocates for moderate or centrist public policy issues. Such moderates are unlikely to be found in a field of radical liberals, all trying to out-left their opponents.

Respondents — 22 percent — rank crime, as in the need to lower it, and improving neighborhood safety, as their top issue..

Just how Barnes is going to make Milwaukee a safer place as he pushes for an expansion of Milwaukee County’s revolving door prison system and coddles left-wing advocates calling for closing jails and replacing police with social workers is unclear.

One thing’s certain: Many parts of Milwaukee are not safe places to be. As of Tuesday, the city had posted 103 homicides this year, two more than 2020, a historic year of violence (189 homicides).

Playing the part of a guy looking to run for U.S. Senate, Barnes has spent the past year-plus trying to avoid or shrug off the “defund” question. He doesn’t want to go down that “rabbit hole.” But he’s clearly on the side of a lot more money for government welfare programs and a lot less money for public safety in the form of law enforcement.

“Even for a person who doesn’t want to go down the ‘defund’ rabbit hole, I think the same people would agree that we should probably have a little bit of parity in our spending,” he told WUWM in an interview last year. “When it comes to social services, when it comes to libraries, when it comes to after school programs, when it comes to school funding — the problem is that lack of parity. There’s this huge discrepancy in the amount of money and how easily it goes to police departments versus these other critical services that could ultimately save a person’s life.”

Barnes and his current boss, Gov. Tony Evers’ have spent their time broadly painting law enforcement as “systemically racist” and as an enemy to social justice. They were both quick to condemn the Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake, a black man involved in a domestic disturbance. The Aug. 23 shooting sparked four days of riots and violence that rocked Kenosha to its core. Barnes and Evers fired off incendiary, politically-driven messages that critics say stoked the flames of the Kenosha riots.

“Last night, Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his children. This wasn’t an accident,” Barnes tweeted. “The officer’s deadly actions attempted to take a person’s life in broad daylight. Like many of you, the video is burned into my mind like all the past videos just like it.”

“The irony is not lost on me that as Jacob Blake was trying to deescalate a fight in his community, the responding officer didn’t feel the need to do the same—and now we all know Jacob Blake’s name,” falsely Barnes added. As a lengthy outside investigation found, Blake escalated the tense situation after refusing to comply with the arresting officers’ instructions and reaching for a knife in his vehicle.  The report found the officer acted in self-defense.

The voters who support Barnes while expressing concern about rising crime should see the disconnect in Barnes’ rhetoric and record, as he goes about attacking the very people charged with trying to make Milwaukee a safer place.

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6 thoughts on “Would Mandela Barnes make Milwaukee safer?

  • Mandela Barnes don’t care about Milwaukee. His only interest is himself! To move up the ladder with no merit to show, as far as I can see. I have seen better human beings offer more to the city of Milwaukee! He can take a walk with Barrett…..

  • The Radical Left is the only thing that can give America the chance of fulfilling its promise. The Donald Years showed us that Republican politicians have no souls. All of the crime and poverty is caused by the greedy — not the ambitious and hard working — but the greedy. Some people can never have enough wealth and status, and they have no empathy towards their employees and customers. They are happy the working poor and the middle class get distracted by politics, that liberals and conservatives hate each other. It allows them to exploit us all without reproach. This polarization will probably get worse because Republican voters are stupid and Democrat voters are arrogant. The powers that be won’t allow a third party to gain traction, so it’s going to take a Leftist Offensive to overturn the tables of the predatory capitalists. It won’t be Communism or Socialism; it’ll be an exorcism.

  • This race hustler will only serve his own self interest. Just like Jesse, Louis, Marion and Al Sharpton. These slime balls will never help the black community. They’ll stay on that Demoncrate plantation forever and just keep blaming ‘whitie’, for their own ignorance.

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