GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is urging Dem Gov. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson to intervene and demand the protest zone for the Republican National Convention be moved further away from Fiserv Forum, the main hub for the convention.

“The proximity is ridiculous,” Johnson said on WISN’s “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics. “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.”

The U.S. Secret Service is expected to release its final security zone in the coming days alongside the official protest zone from city of Milwaukee officials, which multiple options are still reportedly being considered.

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

Johnson also dismissed reporting surrounding comments by former President Donald Trump reportedly calling Milwaukee a “horrible city.” Trump said in an interview on Fox News he was referring to crime and the elections in the city.

“There’s no direct quote,” Johnson said. “He’s denying it. So why is the news media putting up a quote that there’s absolutely no evidence of, quite honestly. And again, I’m sure if he spoke anything, I’ll take him at his word. He was concerned, as we should all be, about problems in Milwaukee. After decades of Democratic governance, our school systems aren’t working. We have crime, murders, hijackings. There’s real issues that need to be addressed, not only in Milwaukee, but other big cities generally run by Democrats.”

Johnson recently said “we have to see exactly what happens” when asked if he would accept the results of the 2024 election.

“We all want to be able to have confidence that the election has integrity, that the results are accurate,” Johnson said. “That’s what we want. Unfortunately, because we have a governor who would not sign reforms to provide those controls, provide that confidence, it’s a hypothetical at this point in time. I know Democrats are pushing the envelope, they want to make it easier to cheat.”

Ann Jacobs, a Democrat and the newly elected chair of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, pushed Trump’s comments that the 2020 election in Milwaukee “was very, very bad.”

“I imagine from his perspective it was very, very bad because he didn’t win Milwaukee,” Jacobs told “UpFront.” “He lost Milwaukee by tens of thousands of votes. So I rather imagine from his perspective Milwaukee was not a good city for him. From the perspective of were the elections properly run in Milwaukee? They absolutely were. And I expect Milwaukee to do the same thing in 2024.”

Milwaukee’s Common Council recently approved Paulina Gutierrez to oversee the city’s elections after Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson did not reappoint Claire Woodall to the post.

“I’ve only met her briefly, but certainly if the mayor has faith in her, then I do,” Jacobs said. “Remember, elections aren’t run by one person.”

Jacobs said the six-member bipartisan commission is preparing for all types of scenarios ahead of November and backed the commission’s administrator, Meagan Wolfe, who has been under fire from Republicans.

“Meagan Wolfe has done an outstanding job,” Jacobs said. “And the idea that we would not have her be our administrator because people believe in conspiracy theories is not how you run good government.”

Gov. Tony Evers recently approved increased security measures for Wolfe.

“We have been told to not be too specific because of the nature of the security risks and the actions taken in protection of Administrator Wolfe,” Jacobs said. “But I can tell you that some of them are threats to her safety and her family’s safety and wellbeing, and some of them have been treated as very legitimate. In other words, from people who had plans and intents and opportunities to do harm.”

Two police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will continue their tour of key swing states ahead of November campaigning for President Biden.

“I think it’s more important for us to continue being out here, speaking about what happened because the other side — they’re whitewashing it down,” Harry Dunn told “UpFront.”

In events across Wisconsin in recent days, Dunn and Daniel Hodges recount that day and the political fallout that has followed.

“When opponents talk about how we’re making this political, they’re saying more about themselves than they are us or what happened,” Hodges said. “Just hypothetically if Donald Trump won in 2020 and Joe Biden tried to overturn the will of the people, I would do the exact same thing I did against Donald Trump.”

“There are people who under no circumstances will say Donald Trump did anything wrong, and they’ll never leave his side, and you know what, you can’t reach those people,” Dunn added. “What I’m trying to do is reach as many people who are like,’ I don’t understand what happened,’ and I’m trying to paint a clearer picture for them.”

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