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 JohnsonGraham vows Biden, Ukraine probe after impeachment trial GOP warns of 'drawn out' executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses 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 WarrenPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint 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 TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE narrowly won the state over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE in the 2016 election, the first Republican win there since 1984.