‘Defund The Police’ Dem Candidate Spent $600K On Police Chauffeurs

During a debate on Thursday night, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) blasted his Democrat challenger for spending $600,000 to have state patrol chauffeur him around.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is running for U.S. Senate in his state as a Democrat, has “averaged more than 13½ hours of security protection a day — including weekdays, weekends and holidays — at a daily cost to the state of $660 for patrol officers’ wages. That’s more than 10 times the number of hours as his predecessor,” according to reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee launched a probe into the Democrat candidate in September, citing excessive security costs billed to the state.

Now, he’s being called out by his Republican opponent for using state patrol for security protection while advocating for defunding the police.

When he was asked about skyrocketing inflation and soaring gas prices, Johnson roasted Barnes — saying that the Democrat likely doesn’t understand how high gas prices are because he is being chauffeured around by state troopers.

“I fill up my own gas tank,” the Republican senator said. “I drive myself around this state, unlike Lieutenant Governor Barnes, who gets chauffeured around by State Patrol, costing taxpayers over $600,000.”

“Though last November, he used them 13.5 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Johnson added. “That is not only excessive, that is abusive of taxpayer money. You ought to look at his record.”

Despite stating that police departments should be defunded, Barnes continues to have a high degree of security protecting him.

During an appearance on Real Talk with Henry Sanders, the Democrat candidate even tried to claim that police don’t prevent crimes. Meanwhile, in his current position, Barnes has allowed at least 884 convicted criminals to be released on parole — putting these potentially dangerous individuals back on the streets, according to reporting from Wisconsin Right Now.

“Police don’t prevent crimes from happening,” Barnes falsely stated during his appearance on the podcast. “We don’t live in a surveillance state nor would you want to.”

Barnes not only supports defunding police — he has also advocated for ending cash bail and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While he has police protection to prevent him from facing the consequences of his policy positions, average Americans do not.

According to recent polls, Johnson is leading by six points in the race against Barnes heading into the midterm elections, which occur on November 8.