MSNBC host Tiffany Cross claimed it’s “mind-boggling” that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes isn’t crushing his opponent, incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in the polls.
While interviewing Barnes on her Saturday show, “The Cross Connection” host and her guest talked about how “dangerous” and “out-of-touch” Johnson’s policies are, claiming they are “not based on facts.”
Cross also referred to Johnson as a “Trump acolyte” and fixated on his “anti-abortion” policies, which Barnes has hammered throughout the campaign.
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Before introducing Barnes, Cross briefly touched on the latest Marquette University Law School poll showing how close Johnson and Barnes are in their race. Cross’s graphic showed Johnson with a one-point lead over Barnes with 49% of the vote to 48%.
Cross said, “Now a recent Marquette Law School poll shows the race is deadlocked. Mind-boggling given where Johnson is.”
Slamming the Republican, she said, “Johnson’s campaign has sent out a barrage of racist ads attacking Barnes because of crime.”
During the October 1 episode of “The Cross Connection,” Cross claimed that GOP ads fixated on Barnes’ soft-on-crime policies were “racist” and compared them to the “Willie Horton” ad from the 1988 presidential race between George HW Bush. and Michael Dukakis.
She then discussed Barnes’ campaign, saying, “Meanwhile, Barnes has focused on Johnson’s anti-abortion stance and his launch of his ‘Ron Against Roe’ tour today.”
Speaking directly to Barnes, Cross said: “It’s kind of amazing that you guys are in dead heat. It reminds me of Herschel Walker, um, Raphael Warnock’s dead heat.”
She ripped into Johnson even more, saying, “Because Ron Johnson has said some wild things, he’s a Trump acolyte, he says things that are not based in reality.”
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Cross asked Barnes, “What is the biggest challenge facing your campaign right now?” Barnes cited the “flurry of spending” and “crazy amounts of money that have been poured into this run of [Johnson’s] allies.” Although Barnes argued that the fact that they are spending so much money and the race is still so close “signals that we are doing the right thing.”
He criticized Johnson, stating, “We’re leading with the fact that Ron Johnson has left people behind. Ron Johnson has turned his back on everyday hard-working Wisconsinites.”
Barnes also directly attacked Johnson’s position on abortion, saying, “And his position on abortion is dangerous and, excuse me, out of touch — and extremely out of touch with the 70% of the people in this state who think Roe v. Wade should be the law of the land.”
Cross criticized Johnson for pretending “to be pro-law enforcement, but he defends who attacked law enforcement on [Janurary 6th].”
Barnes responded, “Well, the reality is that Ron Johnson will say what he wants to say. He will say he supports law enforcement, but he turned his back on 140 officers who were injured on January 6th. This happened because he called the election into question.”
Barnes claimed Johnson’s questioning of the election helped create the “chaos that ensued” on January 6.
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