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Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez visits Milwaukee, condemns presidential attack on congresswomen

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 13:27:09-04

There was outrage and intense reactions after President Trump intensified his attacks on four congresswomen of color during a campaign rally Wednesday night.

As the President singled out the lawmakers - the crowd chanted "send her back," zeroing in on one congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar.

"I was not happy with it - I disagree with it," Trump told reporters at the White House of the chant, which appeared to be based off of his widely criticized recent tweets attacking the lawmaker and others, adding, "I didn't say that, they did."

Those chants are being met with sweeping condemnation from Democrats in Milwaukee including Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

"I watched it with great anger, but not surprised because we've seen this play," said Perez. This is the only play in his playbook. It's distraction it's division. It's destructive and we are determine it's not successful."

Democrats also pushing back on President Trump's claims that Wisconsin farmers are now better off. Last week while in Milwaukee, President Trump said farmers were over the hump under his leadership.

Perez questioned Trump's record with farmers in the dairy state at Clock Shadow Creamery in Milwaukee.

"When in 2018, Wisconsin lead the nation in farm bankruptcy," said Perez. How can you be over the hump? I thought he was smoking some hemp when he said they were over the hump."

Trump's campaign disagreed. "He is getting better and stronger trade deals for America's farmers like the USMCA, which opens access to Canadian dairy markets for farmers in Wisconsin and across the nation," said Trump Campaign Communications Director, Tim Murtaugh.

The countdown to the Democratic National Convention is now less than a year away. Perez is hoping the Republican controlled legislature will help Democrats with one request by extending bar closing time from 2AM to 4AM.

"That would certainly be something I would welcome and I suspect visitors would welcome," said Perez. I would imagine even the Chamber of Commerce might even welcome that as well as Uber and Lyft."

The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is July 13-15. The Republican National Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina August 24-27.