People who embrace “God, country, and firearms,” according to Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, are employing the same “dangerous” rhetoric as supporters of the terrorist group ISIS.
Barnes made the remarks in a tweet in November 2015, two days after terrorists killed 130 people in a series of coordinated strikes in France. ISIS, which claimed to have created a caliphate in portions of Iraq and Syria at the time, claimed responsibility for the assaults.
Barnes has a long history of firing off controversial opinions on social media, in the past backing dictators like Bashar al-Assad and the Ayatollah Khamenei, statements for which Barnes has been criticized for by his Republican opponent in the Wisconsin Senate race Ron Johnson.
In addition to his outrageous social media posts, it appears that Barnes has an extensive history with a radical group that seeks to get rid of law enforcement databases tracking gang members and to also defund the police according to a new report from Fox News.
Barnes served on the Citizen Action of Wisconsin (CAW) board of directors from 2014 to 2018, and was the organization’s secretary in 2017 and 2018.
In June, the organization backed Barnes’ campaign, and Barnes then stated he was glad to have their support.
The organization is advocating for the passage of a state bill that will decrease the state’s imprisonment rate by half within ten years, as well as amending existing state law to abolish criminal prosecution of juveniles under the age of 25 as adults.
CAW also aims to free all older prisoners and jail inmates, legalize all narcotics and voluntary adult sex work, prohibit the construction of new prisons, and destroy law enforcement gang databases.
The group also seeks to make Wisconsin a ‘sanctuary state’ for illegal migrants as well as to establish a ‘Green New Deal’ within the midwestern state.
Barnes has repeatedly claimed that he doesn’t want to defund the police but also claims he wants to redirect funds away from police budgets he claims are ‘bloated.’
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