Milwaukee Mayor Responds After Donald Trump Reportedly Calls City ‘Horrible’: ‘Right Back at You, Buddy’

Trump reportedly insulted the Brew City, which is set to host the Republican National Convention in a few weeks as the former president aims to court Wisconsin voters

<p>Daniel Boczarski/Getty, Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty </p> Mayor of Milwaukee Cavalier Johnson, Donald Trump

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Mayor of Milwaukee Cavalier Johnson, Donald Trump

The mayor of Milwaukee responded to Donald Trump after he reportedly called Wisconsin's biggest city “horrible” because of its crime rate.

The former president allegedly made the comment on Thursday, June 13, while discussing the city that's hosting the Republican National Convention in a few weeks.

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Democratic Mayor Cavalier Johnson, 37, replied to the report saying, "Donald Trump was talking about things that he thinks are horrible. All of us lived through his presidency. So, right back at you, buddy."

He continued: "Donald Trump once again is wrong about something. That shouldn't be new news, especially for somebody who has a proven track record of lying about a number of things."

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According to CNBC, Trump, now 78, made the comments during a Capitol Hill meeting with House Republicans on Thursday.

Trump’s campaign claimed that reports on Trump’s comments were a “total lie,” according to a press release. “President Trump was explicitly referring to the problems in Milwaukee, specifically violent crime and voter fraud,” they wrote.

<p>James Devaney/GC Images</p> Donald Trump in 2024

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Donald Trump in 2024

Multiple members of Congress responded to the reports, saying that Trump was referring to "election integrity" and not crime. Trump and his allies have repeatedly asserted that election fraud led to Joe Biden's victory in 2020, despite no widespread evidence supporting the claim.

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Johnson called it “kind of strange” for Trump to insult Milwaukee as he aims to court Wisconsin voters.

"To insult the state that's hosting your convention, I think it's kind of bizarre,” he said. The mayor told voters to consider Trump's comments when casting their ballots in November.

Wisconsin will be an important state for the upcoming presidential election. President Biden narrowly defeated Trump in the battleground state in 2020.

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