Wisconsin GOP ties Dems Milwaukee convention pick to socialism

Wisconsin GOP ties Dems Milwaukee convention pick to socialism

Republicans in Wisconsin on Monday pointed to rising "socialistic tendencies" in the Democratic party as the reason for the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) pick of Milwaukee as the site of its 2020 national convention.

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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE (R-Wis.) cheered the economic boost the convention will provide his home state, and said that the event will give voters a "first-hand look" at "Democrats’ extreme policies that would reverse the economic progress made under the Trump administration."

"Understanding the risk of Democrat socialistic tendencies should provide motivation to re-elect Republicans up and down the ballot in November 2020," Johnson tweeted.

 

The state Republican Party offered a similar message, calling it an appropriate decision for the DNC to pick Milwaukee to represent the party's "race to the radical left" since the city has "elected three socialist mayors."

"In the last few years, @TheDemocrats have developed a burgeoning love affair with socialism, highlighted by their adoration of the Green New Deal and single-payer health care," the party tweeted.

"With the 2020 Democrat presidential primary field currently stumbling over each other in a race to the radical left, it makes sense that their party would choose to hold its convention in the only American city that has elected three socialist mayors," the party continued. 

 

Milwaukee is the largest city in America to have elected a Socialist mayor and has done so three times. Its last Socialist mayor was Frank Zeidler, who left office in 1960.

Republicans have attempted to portray progressive Democrats as in favor of socialist policies as the party's left wing pushes policies like the Green New Deal, "Medicare for all" and increased tax rates on wealthier Americans.

Many Democrats in the 2020 presidential field have attempted to tamp down any connections to socialism, with Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE (Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (Minn.) all rejecting the label in recent weeks, along with former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Wisconsin will likely be a key battleground state for any Democratic nominee.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE narrowly won the state over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE in the 2016 election, the first Republican win there since 1984.