Milwaukee Mayor Declares War On Trump

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( – On Thursday, Milwaukee mayor Cavalier Johnson (D) told CNN’s Laura Coates that negative criticisms and remarks of former President Donald Trump towards his city could end up costing him the 2024 presidential election. 

As he pointed out Wisconsin is a purple election where the winner is often determined by a razor-thin margin. This means that having the president call his city a “horrible place” when there are 50,000 people there who would vote Republican could backfire. According to some reports Trump had reportedly claimed that Milwaukee is a “horrible” city during a Republican closed-door meeting. These comments had resulted in a lot of backlash from the Democrats in the state. 

The Trump campaign however was quick to respond that Trump’s comments were not aiming to disparage the entire city but instead were just a criticism of the high crime rate. 

In 2020 Wisconsin had one of the thinnest margins as it was decided by only 21,000 votes. 

However, many of the state’s representatives, including Reps. Bryan Steil and Derrick Van Orden were quick to defend the state over these comments. Steil claimed that the comments had never been made while Van Orden had argued that these were “lies by omission.” 

Still, Johnson argued that these defenses had put the GOP in an awkward position as they tried to twist themselves in different ways. 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), also blasted Trump for his remarks calling for him to stop picking on Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Baldwin is up for reelection in 2024.

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