Dem Milwaukee mayor, Wisconsin governor should ‘step up’ to help with RNC protest zone, says GOP Sen. Johnson

Wisconsin’s Republican US senator wants Milwaukee’s mayor to move the protest zone for next month’s RNC.

Sen. Ron Johnson was on UpFront on Milwaukee television over the weekend, and he said Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Gov. Tony Evers need to get involved and try to get the US Secret Service to move the RNC’s planned protest zone.

“I’d like to see Mayor Johnson step up to the plate or demand change as well. Again, this is in all of our best interests. Gov. Evers ought to be demanding change as well. As you know, obviously, the Republican Party we’re asking for this concern to be addressed,” Johnson said.

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Sen. Robert Johnson is calling for the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s Democrat governor to help with RNC security. Getty Images

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The RNC convention will take place at Fiserv Forum (upper right) with the planned protest area, Pere Marquette Park, situated south west (bottom left) of the forum. Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

He called the protest zone’s placement in Pere Marquette Park, about a quarter of a mile from the Fiserv Forum convention site, “ridiculous.”

“I’m concerned about the US Secret Service now kind of digging their heels in right now,” Johnson said. “That has to be addressed. That has to be changed.”

Johnson and RNC planners have said for months that the protest zone is too close to the Republican National Convention site.

They worry that keeping the protest zone where it is will lead to unnecessary trouble.

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Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks during the WisDems 2024 State Convention on June 8, 2024. Getty Images for The Democratic Party of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks at the Madison Area Technical College Truax campus on April 8, 2024. AP

Johnson said it’s in Milwaukee’s best interest to make sure there isn’t any trouble next month.

Milwaukee welcomes the Republican National Convention on July 15.

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