The Democratic National Committee announced on Monday that its 2020 convention will be held in Milwaukee, a major city in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes were narrowly won by Donald Trump in 2016 and helped secure his victory in the Electoral College, handing him the presidency. But with Democrats now in control of the governorship, the GOP’s prospects of carrying the state in 2020 are dwindling.
The Badger State’s Republican Party issued a blistering attack on Milwaukee Monday afternoon.
Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin blasted the city for having “a long history of socialism.”
Ironic, considering Milwaukee hosted the Wisconsin Republican convention ahead of the midterms in 2018.
“No city in America has stronger ties to socialism than Milwaukee,” Jefferson said in a statement. “And with the rise of Bernie Sanders and the embrace of socialism by its newest leaders, the American left has come full circle. It’s only fitting the Democrats would come to Milwaukee.”
Jefferson warned supporters about Milwaukee’s “three socialist mayors,” Hillary Clinton, and that the Green New Deal would somehow eliminate cows in Wisconsin.
“The people of Wisconsin are far more practical than today’s socialist-embracing Democratic Party gives them credit for,” Jefferson said. “We’ll get to reap the economic benefits of a convention, while they show the state up-close why this bunch should never be trusted to run the country.”
Mind you the GOP’s track record since 1980.
Why the hostility, anyway?
Yes, but at least he said *Democratic* Party, it's rare these days.
— GrandstandFan (@GrandstandFan) March 11, 2019
Repubs just hate American cities. Look for them to try to implement the "Great Leap Backward" if we fail to defeat their attack on democracy.
— Black Panther 2020💥 (@lakesideliberal) March 11, 2019
You know what else would be problematic for the dairy state? Eliminating those socialist farm subsidies.
— Lauren (@sequinpants) March 11, 2019
While it is true that Milwaukee’s past does include an embrace of socialism, the term meant something far different a century ago than what Republicans assign to it today.