Speaking at Laborfest, President Biden tells a crowd in Milwaukee not to let America fall prey to “MAGA Republicans, far-right and Trumpies.”
Reported by Cherita Booker
Speaking forcefully in favor of union jobs and trumpeting his legislative victories in his first two years in office, President Joe Biden reminded a crowd at Milwaukee Laborfest on Monday that Republicans, including Senator Ron Johnson, have the opportunity to support his efforts to fight inflation, cut the deficit, cap insulin costs, and make big business pay their fair share of taxes — and declined. But the president has been equally forceful about not taking November’s midterm elections for granted – and that supporters of former President Donald Trump could hurt the country if Democrats lose control of Congress in the November election. november.
“You would think that if Republicans really cared about reducing inflation, they would vote for the Cut Inflation Act,” Biden told the supportive crowd. “But every Republican voted against lowering prescription drug prices, against lowering health care costs, against protecting your pensions, against lowering energy costs, against creating good-paying jobs, against a fair tax system. Everyone in the House and the Senate.
Biden singled out Johnson — who is seeking a third term — noting that the senator hailed a plan by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) that would force Social Security, Medicare and other federal programs to face a possible repeal every five years. He then reminded the crowd that Johnson went further, saying programs that support tens of millions of Americans should be renewed each year, as discretionary spending rather than a promised benefit to workers in the workplace. country when they retire.
“He wants to literally put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every year,” Biden told the crowd, which booed at the mention of Johnson. “Treat it like any other credit. Let me remind you that you paid your social security, your health insurance, deducted from your salary from the moment you turned 18. This is the same guy who said that if the Republicans took control of Congress, they would go after the Affordable Care Act again.
“This guy never stops,” the president continued. “But guess what? I don’t stop either.
Biden then praised the union workforce present, telling them as the middle class built America, “Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class.
“I just appreciate that he came to Milwaukee just to show his support for the union because without unions America wouldn’t be America,” said Laborfest attendee Steve Farrington. “Workers built this country. We need more support. We need more Democrats. We need more democracy.
“I think what Joe Biden had to say today was an incredibly union statement,” said Laborfest attendee Lindsay Blumer. “Workers are extremely important to this country. It’s part of a great movement moving forward, that we’re in this together and that we’re a strong union. Especially here in Milwaukee.
The president’s visit to Milwaukee only reaffirmed Wisconsin’s national status as a lead state in the fall elections that could determine control of both the US House and Senate. Biden then flew to Pittsburgh and further bolstered Pennsylvania’s prominence in November. Both states have hotly contested races for Governor and US Senate. Biden touted the benefits of his infrastructure plan that passed Congress in a bipartisan vote and is expected to benefit both states for years to come.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime investment,” said Kent Miller, incoming chair of the Wisconsin Laborers District Council, which oversees 9,000 union-represented building trades workers. “We’re going to see in Wisconsin, probably an additional billion dollars over the next 5 years. It’s going to be something more roads and bridges, repairing our transportation infrastructure, major diversions, improving our water infrastructure and broadband.
The bill is paid by filling the gaps in the tax code.
“I grew up in the Midwest. I live on the east coast now,” said contestant Curtis Gibson. “We need to make sure businesses don’t get a free pass, we need to make sure taxpaying citizens get their due. We mainly have to invest in the future, like climate change and what’s happening there. We need more investment in green energy. ”
“It was a great speech, the heart of it was that the middle class is America, which was built by working people. That’s what we’re here for,” said attendee Seth Hardy.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and County Executive David Crowley were also on hand to support Biden, who made his way through the crowd, shaking hands and taking photos with attendees.
The president was introduced by Governor Tony Evers, who said workers are keeping more of their wages thanks to a 15% income tax cut he signed. He also mentioned that he has invested more than $150 million in staffing jobs and expanding job training and apprenticeship programs.
Biden echoed a theme from his speech last week in Philadelphia when he tried to draw a clear line between Republican voters who don’t support threats to democracy and those who embrace the lies and election conspiracies of 2020, calling them “MAGA Republicans, Far Right, and Trumpies” who “chose to back down, full of anger, violence, hate, division.”
“But together we can and must choose a different path,” Biden said. “A future of unity and hope. we will choose to build a better America.