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1931, 30 Jul 22

Barnes’ Radical Past

The Washington Post seems concerned that Mandela Barnes radical past and love affair with Marxists will hurt him in Wisconsin. Hmm.

MADISON, Wis. — In 2019, Mandela Barnes traveled to neighboring Minnesota, where he visited a recycling facility with Rep. Ilhan Omar.

The Democratic lieutenant governor of Wisconsin danced with the member of the “Squad” of House liberals, both of them grinning in front of a truck that read “Zero Waste.” The footage was packaged into a GIF and broadcast from Barnes’s official Twitter account.

“She’s brilliant. She cares about the environment,” read the tweet.It also said: “She’s exactly who we need in Congress right now fighting for what’s right.”

And what the heck does this mean?

“A staff person tweeted that out,” Barnes said in an interview with The Washington Post last week, speaking of the August 2019 tweet about Omar. “That wasn’t even my Twitter, that was the official side Twitter.”

So if it’s an official statement from his office, it’s not him? He’s somehow not responsible for his office’s official Twitter account? That’s a curious stance.
He was photographed posing with a red T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Abolish ICE,” a slogan some on the left embraced that references U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It’s not clear when the photo was taken, but it was posted on Reddit in 2018. Also in 2018, Barnes wrote “I need that” on social media in response to a person who offered him an “Abolish ICE” T-shirt in his size.
“Things were bad. Things were terrible. The founding of this nation? Awful,” Barnes said. “The impacts are felt today. They’re going to continue to be felt unless we address it in a meaningful way.”

1931, 30 July 2022


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