Wisconsin Dem praised Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
Alana Goodman • October 27, 2022, 5:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes said people who support “God, Country and Guns” are adopting the same “dangerous” rhetoric as members of the terror group ISIS.
Barnes made the comments in a Twitter post in November 2015, two days after terrorists carried out a series of coordinated attacks in France that killed 130 people. Islamic State, which at the time claimed to have established a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, took credit for the attacks.
“There are people in the legislature who think a caliphate threat is real in America,” said Barnes in a November 16, 2015 post. “I’m trying to remind them of their theocratic votes.”
“God, country and guns are as dangerous rhetoric here as they are there,” added Barnes.
The comments could fuel concerns over Barnes’ fiery and often controversial social media posts. His opponent, Republican Senator Ron Johnson, slammed Barnes for posts praising Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and defending Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, which were the first reported speak Free Washington Beacon.
Barnes did not respond to a request for comment.
In other posts publicized speak Milwaukee Journal SentinelBarnes said he “really doesn’t care about the ‘Second Amendment’ right” to bear arms and mocked House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) for supporting gun rights at fire after the Republican was shot by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter in 2017.
He also called George Washington a slave owner after another Twitter user called Washington “one of the best presidents”.
” Yeah. I mean, if owning slaves is your thing, go for it! wrote Barnes.
Barnes has tried to distance himself from last year’s ‘defund the police’ and ‘Abolish ICE’ movements despite taking funding of these groups and post messages on social networks that indicate he supported these campaigns. The Johnson campaign has highlighted the Democrat’s long history of far-left stances, including his support for end cash deposit, sound dispute that the United States must “counteract capitalism” to fight climate change, and its opposition to the construction of pipelines and the production of domestic energy.
Johnson holds a 3.3-point lead over Barnes, according to the RealClearPolicies poll average. The competitive race could determine the party’s control of the Senate next year.