Senator Ron Johnson was booed at a celebration in Milwaukee Juneteenth
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Was greeted with boos and cries of “We don’t want you here!” when he stopped by a Juneteenth celebration in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Johnson was there to visit a Republican Party booth, and he said The Milwaukee Journal Sentry he was surprised by the heckling. “It’s unusual for Wisconsin,” he said. “Most people in Wisconsin say, ‘You are in our prayers, we are praying for you.’ … But you have people here who are just a little mean at times. ”
Juneteenth is a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, when the last slaves in Texas learned they were free. Last week, Congress voted to make June 19 – June 19 – a federal holiday, and President Biden signed it into law.
Initially, Johnson was against making Juneteenth a federal holiday, saying he didn’t think taxpayers should have to cover the cost of federal workers having another day off, and last year he did blocked the legislation. This time around, Johnson said he would no longer oppose the bill, but still felt it was “strange” that “the fact that taxpayers are providing federal employees with paid time off is now necessary to celebrate the end of slavery “.
Johnson may have been taken aback by the crowd reaction, but those who were aware of his initial opposition to making Juneteenth a federal holiday got it. “Ron Johnson’s politics are not for us,” participant Robert Agnew told the Sentinel Journal.