While President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may be the highest-ranking Democrats, it is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who may just be the face of the Party.
It is AOC who the woke social justice “warriors” look to for their marching orders.
And now the New York Congresswoman’s influence may decide who is the next Senator from this battleground state.
The Comeback Kid of the U.S. Senate
Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is used to combat in competitive elections.
In fact, he’s even used to being the underdog.
Back in 2010, Ron Johnson was a Tea Party candidate looking to knock off a powerful incumbent Senator, Democrat Russ Feingold.
Johnson overcame the odds and sent the career politician packing, with a victory by about 105,000 votes, or 5-points.
In 2016, Johnson was running for re-election, but Feingold wanted his old seat back, setting up a rematch.
Polling heading into election day showed Johnson, on average, trailing Feingold by about 4-points.
However, when all the votes were counted, Johnson retained his seat, winning by about 3.5-points, or about 100,000 ballots.
Johnson now seeks a third term in the Upper Chamber, and this time he has a new challenger.
In 2020, Johnson isn’t up against a dinosaur from the old Democrat party, this time around he’s up against a fresh face fully onboard with the radical woke movement sweeping through the Democrat Party.
And Johnson will once again have to play the role of comeback kid if he hopes to keep his seat and help the GOP regain control of the U.S. Senate.
As soon as Johnson and current Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes won their respective primaries, Barnes took the lead in all the polling for the head-to-head contest.
In fact, Johnson didn’t lead a single poll until mid-September.
Ron Johnson vs. AOC?
However, as the Johnson campaign has shed light on Barnes’ radical viewpoints, the polls have turned around, and as of the time of this writing, Johnson holds a 2-point lead in the Real Clear Politics average of the polling.
And now Johnson’s camp is hoping Barnes’ history of radical tweets will seal the deal in 2022.
The tweet Johnson most wants Wisconsin voters to see is from 2018, when Barnes called New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “my president.”
Yes! "chopping it up" I've needed this energy for so long. This is the moment she became my president. https://t.co/kQtBc2Axsp
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) July 5, 2018
But it’s not just the fact that Barnes tweeted his support for a then-28-year-old bartender for President of the United States – Barnes has a history of tweeting the same radical and divisive views that AOC from the Bronx shares.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnes tweeted that the crisis was an opportunity to “drastically reimagine society.”
We should drastically reimagine society, our communities, and what quality of life actually means in a moment like this.
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) March 24, 2020
Shortly after Donald Trump took his oath of office, Barnes tweeted that the sitting President of the United States was a “Russian spy.”
Donald Trump is a Russian spy. Believe me.
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) February 14, 2017
Barnes refused to acknowledge George Washington as a good President, simply because Washington at one point had slaves – whom he freed at the time of his passing.
Yeah. I mean, if slave owning is your thing, have at it! https://t.co/TLWCW0OSw5
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) December 12, 2019
Back in 2013 Barnes tweeted that he “could not care less about a 2nd Amendment right.”
I really could not care less about a 2nd Amendment "right". Bear arms all you wish, but you should pay for your mishandling.
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) July 14, 2013
And after a crazed Leftists tried to kill Republican Rep. Steve Scalise at a softball game, Barnes jokes that Scalise had “taken one for the team.”
Taking one for the team. I question how people vote against self interest but this is next level. He literally almost died on this hill. https://t.co/Xx8ZQXuvzM
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) October 4, 2017
And while Barnes says it’s racist that the Johnson team is calling him “soft on crime,” Barnes did tweet in 2019 that Wisconsin should cut its prison population in half.
Oh so now you want to do Minnesota stuff?
· Cut our prison population in half
· Expand Medicaid
· Raise the minimum wage
· At least legalize medical marijuana https://t.co/qMZXNcA00J
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) October 21, 2019
And in 2020 he fully backed the Black Lives Matter riots in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Those who are protesting this injustice are doing so in order to save this nation, and they should be protected. To see a city burn on the outside is devastating but hardly compares to the implosion brought by systemic inequity and injustice.
— Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (@LGMandelaBarnes) May 29, 2020
Perhaps Barnes’ AOC-like behavior on social media will help Wisconsin voters decide who they’ll vote for this November.
Control of the Senate may hang in the balance.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.