Six Democrat mayors in Minnesota endorsed President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, releasing a joint statement asserting that Trump has improved the lives of working class Minnesotans, while the Democrats have abandoned their traditional base.
“We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us,” the Democrat mayors said.
At a campaign rally for Trump’s re-election, Minnesota Iron Range mayors — Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Chisholm Mayor John Champa, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich, and Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich — endorsed President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for a second term in office.
The Democrat mayors charged that Minnesota had remained a Democrat stronghold for decades; however, they noted that Biden had done “nothing” for the working class as jobs left the Iron Range.
The Minnesota Democrat mayors wrote:
Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades. We have watched as our constituents’ jobs left not only the Iron Range, but our country. By putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class. We lost thousands of jobs, and generations of young people have left the Iron Range in order to provide for their families with good paying jobs elsewhere. Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class. The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us.
Breitbart report: In contrast, they wrote that the Trump-Pence administration has cut taxes and pursued other policies that have brought the Iron Range “roaring back to life.”
“Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden are out of touch with the working class, out of touch with what the country needs, and out of touch with those of us here on the Iron Range and in small towns like ours across our nation,” they added.
Pence said at the campaign event that as mining was shut down in the Iron Range, Biden told miners to “learn to code.”
Pence added that Trump “always stands up for the Iron Range.”
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