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Crime rate in Milwaukee will rise with his “34 charges”

Following a report that former President Trump called Milwaukee – where the Republican National Convention is being held next month – a “terrible city,” Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin said the city's “crime rate will go up” if Trump comes to town with his “34 articles of impeachment.”

“I don't know many people in Milwaukee who have 34 felony charges against them. So our crime rate is certainly going to go up when he comes to Milwaukee in July,” Moore – whose district includes Milwaukee – said Thursday in an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.

Punchbowl News previously reported that Trump called Milwaukee a terrible city during his meeting with Republicans in Congress. Trump spokesman Steven Cheung pushed back against the report, saying Trump had spoken about crime and election problems in the city.

“Once he settles in with his parole officer, he will surely discover that Milwaukee is a wonderful, vibrant and welcoming city full of diverse neighborhoods and a thriving business community,” Moore added in a post on social platform X.

Democrats are currently putting up ten billboards across the city featuring Trump's comment.

Democrats in the state mocked Trump's comment online, with Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers saying on X with a clown emoji: “Add it to the list of things Donald Trump is wrong about.”

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley also posted, “Milwaukee is a great city. Spread the word.” Democrats in the state, including Evers, have also picked up on the trend and are sending similar social media posts.

“We all lived through his presidency, so same goes, buddy,” Johnson added, speaking to the press about Trump in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Republicans in Congress attempted to explain what was said, while Republican Rep. Bryan Steil (Wis.) posted that Trump made no such comment.

However, Steil later contradicted himself, saying Trump was talking about specific problems facing the city, not the city itself. Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin said Trump was referring to election integrity, not crime. Republican Reps. Glenn Grothman (Wisconsin) and Scott Fitzgerald (Wisconsin) also said Trump was concerned about the city's elections.

Moore called on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers to “find excuses for [Trump] instead of acknowledging that he is the one who is terrible, not our great city,” Moore added during the MSNBC interview.

“We have five Wisconsin Republicans in Congress and all five seem to be telling a different story about Trump's comments,” wrote Joe Oslund, communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, in a statement. “Instead of standing up for Milwaukee and our state, Bryan Steil, Derrick Van Orden, Glenn Grothman and Tom Tiffany have embarrassed themselves with excuses and blatant lies.”

“We know what Donald Trump thinks, and we know what Donald Trump said: Milwaukee is a 'terrible city,' and no amount of lame Republican propaganda will change that,” he added.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) also weighed in. She wrote on X that Trump “couldn't be more wrong” and “the people of Milwaukee will remind him of that in November.”

“For Donald Trump to attack the great city of Milwaukee as a 'terrible city' exactly one month before he takes the stage at the Fiserv Convention reflects the backward, twisted man Donald Trump has always been,” Felesia Martin, vice chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party who also sits on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.

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