U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has released a new advertisement that frames his opponent, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, as being soft on crime. Johnson’s campaign did not disclose how much they were spending on the ad nor which markets it would be released in, but it say that the ad will be run on both digital and television platforms. The ad was released in coordination with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
The ad is the first one released by Johnson’s campaign since Barnes won the Democratic primary. The ad links Barnes to members of “The Squad,” a group of progressive representatives who have called to “defund the police” in recent years. The narrator claims that Barnes “…would eagerly join their squad.”
The ad also says that Barnes wanted to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), showing a picture of him with a t-shirt carrying the slogan. It also claims that Barnes wants to “open our borders to illegal immigrants” and “release violent felons without bail.”
Watch the ad: Barnes & the Squad – YouTube