Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) Encountered boos as he attended a June 17 celebration in Milwaukee, Wisc., WDJT reported.
According to WDJT, the Republican Senator was heckled by members of the crowd while talking to reporters.
Other journalists and I interviewed @RonJohnsonWI at Milwaukee #June celebration when a crowd booed Johnson. When the media availability ended, people continued to express their disapproval when he left. This continued as he made his way through the event. pic.twitter.com/NNhs3BJ33s
– Victor Jacobo (@victorjacobo_) June 19, 2021
At one point in the video, a viewer can be heard saying “We don’t need you here”.
The resistance to Johnson comes after lawmakers issued a statement opposing Juneteenth being a nationally recognized holiday earlier this week.
“Last year, a bill was introduced to celebrate June 19 by granting additional paid leave to 2 million federal employees at a cost of $ 600 million per year. They tried to pass the bill without debate or amendment process, ”Johnson said.
“While I strongly support the celebration of emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate. While it still seems odd that taxpayers are giving paid time off to federal employees to celebrate the end of slavery, it’s clear Congress is unwilling to discuss the matter any further. Therefore, I do not intend to oppose it, ”he added.
However, the senator subsequently dropped his objection.
Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, recognizes the day in 1865 when Union Major-General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, emancipating the last slaves in the state. For Texas slaves at the time, freedom came more than two years after former President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
representative Sheila jackson lee (D-Texas) and Sen. Ed markey (D-Mass.) Introduced a bill to recognize Juneteenth in their respective chambers last June, but it has not gained momentum.
The bill was then reintroduced in February and was taken up by Congress this week. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday by unanimous consent, and the House later passed the bill on Wednesday.
Thursday, President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring Democracy “Keeps Running Efficiently” Keeps Me From “Sleeping At Night” New Jersey landlords banned from questioning potential tenants about criminal records Night Defense: The Pentagon withdraws Middle East air defense assets | Democrats present resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies suspending military aid to Ukraine MORE signed the National Independence Day Law of June 15. However, Biden noted that “it’s not – it’s just not enough to commemorate Juneteenth.”
“After all, the emancipation of black American slaves did not mark the end of America’s work to keep the promise of equality, it only marked the beginning. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we must continue on this promise because we haven’t gotten there yet, ”Biden said.
WDJT reported that Johnson also attended a similar celebration in Kenosha on Saturday.
On Twitter, Johnson mentionned that he dedicated the first feast of June 17 to Pastor Jerome Smith.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Smith worked with Johnson to create a faith-based program that connects people with employment opportunities. He died of complications from the coronavirus in April.