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 Johnson10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats 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 WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Warren leads Democratic field by 3 points in new national poll Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates MORE (Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates Poll: Democratic support for Warren climbs to record high 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 TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE narrowly won the state over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSaagar Enjeti: Tuesday's Democratic debate already 'rigged' against Gabbard, Sanders Ilhan Omar raises .1 million in third quarter Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report MORE in the 2016 election, the first Republican win there since 1984.