On Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Michael Gableman, the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice turned pro-Trump elections "investigator," is calling for the resignation of a Republican state senator who criticized his purported probe into election security.
"Republican state Sen. Kathleen Bernier of Lake Hallie this month referred to Gableman’s work as a charade and said he should wrap up his review quickly," reported Patrick Marley and Katelyn Ferral. "Bernier said she would bring a concealed weapons permit with her if she went to see Gableman address a crowd because his work 'keeps jazzing up' people who don’t know what they’re talking about."
According to the report, Gableman fired back with a speech posted to the Facebook page of the Chippewa County Republican Party, where Bernier lives.
"He noted Bernier had said she would bring her concealed weapons permit with her but added he did not believe she had any intention of shooting him," said the report. "'It's just that she had been so afraid of her own constituents that she wanted to be armed,' Gableman said. 'And I guess I had several reactions to that, one of which was, geez, if you're an elected official and you're so afraid of your constituents that you think you have to bring a firearm to see them, you should take a long hard look at what you've been doing. And then, frankly, resign.'"
Gableman, who was charged with finding fraud in the 2020 presidential election by state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, has swiftly become controversial.
Local papers have described his probe as a "fraud" and a "train wreck." He has tried to order the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office to arrest the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for allegedly defying his "subpoenas," even though the information requests went to the city governments' spam filters under a false name and even though they already provided the documents he was demanding.