Wisconsin Judge Who Ruled Against Donald Trump Gets Extra Police Protection After Threats

A conservative judge in Wisconsin's Supreme Court, who was criticized by President Donald Trump for rejecting his election fraud claims, has said he is getting extra police protection due to concerns over his safety.

Justice Brian Hagedorn has written the majority opinion in decisions against Trump in cases over the last few weeks and dismissed the latest attempt.

The Trump campaign spent $3 million for a recount in the state's most populous and Democratic-leaning areas, Milwaukee and Dane counties, after Biden beat the incumbent by about 21,000 votes.

Trump had sought to invalidate around 221,000 votes in those counties in a lawsuit that claimed some absentee ballots were obtained without proper paperwork being filled out. Trump's team also accused election officials of adding witness information to the certification of absentee ballots.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn, a longtime Republican, has in recent days found himself at odds with his base over his rulings rejecting President Trump's efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Wisconsin. https://t.co/e7HXACwC4Y

— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) December 21, 2020

Trump took to Twitter to claim that it was his backing that got him the Wisconsin Supreme Court post in the first place.

"Two years ago, the great people of Wisconsin asked me to endorse a man named Brian Hagedorn for State Supreme Court Justice, when he was getting destroyed in the Polls against a tough Democrat Candidate who had no chance of losing. After my endorsement, Hagedorn easily won!" Trump tweeted.

However, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Trump had only congratulated Hagedorn after the win and had not endorsed him before he was elected to the state's highest court.

Trump took exception to Hagedorn's latest ruling, tweeting: "WOW, he just voted against me in a Big Court Decision on voter fraud (of which there was much!), despite many pages of dissent from three highly respected Justices.

"Great Republicans in Wisconsin should take these 3 strong decisions to their State Legislators and overturn this ridiculous State Election. We won in a LANDSLIDE!"

Two years ago, the great people of Wisconsin asked me to endorse a man named Brian Hagedorn for State Supreme Court Justice, when he was getting destroyed in the Polls against a tough Democrat Candidate who had no chance of losing. After my endorsement, Hagedorn easily won!...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2020

Hagedorn said that since the most recent ruling in which he sided with liberal judges to reach a 4-3 majority, security around him and his colleagues has been beefed up.

"I've definitely had some extra police protection," Hagedorn told WISN 12 News. "Not just me but some of the justices because of some of the things directed our way.

I'm not aware of any specific death threats necessarily. There are some things that are concerning and not fun as a father of five children to hear. It's been the case that my 12-year-old daughter asked me at one point, 'Dad can we play in the front yard today or should we play in the backyard?'

"I knew I'd certainly get an earful from some people who disagreed with my votes, but I'm doing the best I can as faithful as I can to follow the law regardless of politics."

Hagedorn previously said that he had received some "dark messages" after his rulings, telling The New York Times: "I've been called a traitor. I've been called a liar. I've been called a fraud... I've been told I might be tried for treason by a military tribunal."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

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Officials count absentee ballots on November 04, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A judge in the state who ruled against President Donald Trump's election fraud claims says he has received extra police protection. Scott Olson/Getty Images