MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell defends Democrat Senate candidate Mandela Barnes from claims he wants to defund police

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MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell defended Democratic Senate Candidate Mandela Barnes and herself engaged in a debate between Barnes and incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson over their support for the police on Monday.

Just over a month before the midterm elections, the Wisconsin Senate race is shrinking. Two recent polls show incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson slightly ahead of Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes, after Republican ads attempt to raise Barnes’ negative responses to hot-button issues such as crime over the past several weeks,” Mitchell said.

After mistakenly referring to Barnes as a senator, the MSNBC host continued to criticize his Republican opponent.

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Wisconsin Deputy Governor Mandela Barnes speaks to the crowd during the 48th Annual June Day Festival on June 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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“Despite this, Senator Johnson has been attacking you for the crime, saying that you support defunding the police – which you don’t – and that you are very progressive. What’s your response?” She asked.

Barnes accepted the money previously From donors and organizations that support the push to defund and dismantle the police.

After finding out that the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor will not face charges in September 2020, he tweeted: “You can feel what you want about calls for reform, defunding or cancellation, but the question is, how can the system that allows this to happen continue to be supported?” “

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Wisconsin Deputy Governor Mandela Barnes who is running for the US Senate speaks during a campaign event at The Wicked Hop on August 7, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Deputy Governor Mandela Barnes who is running for the US Senate speaks during a campaign event at The Wicked Hop on August 7, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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In 2020, the police shot Jacob Blake, who was armed with a knife They refused police orders when they arrived after the mother of his children called the police about him. Barnes’ reaction to the shooting was to claim that it represented “revenge wrested from a member of our community.”

“The officer’s lethal actions attempted to kill a person in broad daylight,” Barnes said at the time, attacking law enforcement.

During Monday’s interview with MSNBC, Barnes went on to attack Johnson for being, in his mind, responsible for the January 6 riots at the Capitol.

“Ron Johnson will make up all the lies he wants to distract from his record,” Barnes said, relinquishing his previous law enforcement positions.

“I will not receive crime lectures from someone who supported a violent mutiny that injured 140 officers.” Follow Barnes.

Ron Johnson (left) and Mandela Barnes (right)

Ron Johnson (left) and Mandela Barnes (right)
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In August, Barnes was certified by the Color of Change PAC, radical group which calls for the abolition of Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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