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Johnson: Every member of Wisc. legislature received death threats [VIDEO]

Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that every member of the state legislature in Wisconsin received an email that said “we’re going to put a bullet in your head. We know where you and your family live.”

Johnson, speaking in Washington, D.C. at America’s Future Foundation’s annual gala, said that at the height of Gov. Scott Walker’s fight against the unions, every member of the state legislature was threatened. (VIDEO: TheDC’s Ginni Thomas interview Sen. Ron Johnson)

“The story really wasn’t told properly — we had every member of the state legislature get an email that said, ‘We’re going to put a bullet in your head. We know where you and your family lives.’ Now, that wasn’t reported very well because I guess that’s not newsworthy when it’s a union thug making a threat against a conservative.”

Johnson told The Daily Caller that the high level of intimidation and political divisiveness in Wisconsin is due to Walker’s fight to rein in spending pushed by public sector unions.

“Scott Walker did a hard thing — he actually solved a problem, and he did it in a way that recognized and addressed one of the growing problems here, and that is really the power of the public sector unions and, I would say, the unholy alliance between elected officials that get supported by those unions and the unions themselves,” Johnson told TheDC.

Johnson also spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision on Obamacare. He admitted that Republicans don’t have a plan for what they intend to do if Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional and said that he believes American’s are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

“I wish we could say that we absolutely have that nailed, but I’d say we don’t. I think there are a number of all kinds of different alternatives and there’s some really good ideas from a number of different members of Congress. I’m not afraid that we’re not going to be able to come to a consensus, I would just say we haven’t come to that consensus yet.”

“We collectively are suffering from the Stockholm syndrome here … when a hostage — somebody that has been kidnapped — is thankful, grateful for any ounce of mercy their captors show them. That’s whats happening. We are begging to be allowed to maintain that last ounce, that last shred of freedom.”

Videography by Sarah Hofmann

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