In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Senator Ron Johnson (R – WI) is co-sponsoring a bill with Senator James Lankford (R – OK) to drop Columbus Day as a national holiday and replace it with Juneteenth Day. Of all of the elected officials in Wisconsin, you’ll probably admit that Sen. Johnson is pretty close to the last person you’d expect to propose something like this. But NOPE…there it is!
In response to bipartisan efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has proposed eliminating a different federal holiday “in exchange.”
Johnson and fellow Republican James Lankford of Oklahoma will be seeking to amend a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
“We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules,” Johnson said in a statement Wednesday.
Given that this is coming from one of the most conservative senators in Washington and one of the president’s biggest supporters and one of the Moscow 4th of July gang…what are the chances that it will pass? And would the president sign a bill that included it?
Or is this an early indication on just how worried the GOP is about the November elections?