Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says the reelection of President Trump is about safety, equality and a push to “reclaim our Wisconsin.”
She spoke at a Trump Victory campaign event in Waukesha alongside Milwaukee County GOP Vice Chair Chris Lawrence and Rep. Janel Brandtjen. And she touched on the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha.
She said video of the Sunday incident, as well as a later video of a police officer being hit with a brick, left her deeply shaken.
“This is our Wisconsin, where we’re open-handed towards our neighbors, where we are Midwest nice,” she said. “It’s time for us to reclaim our Wisconsin.”
Kleefisch, a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2022, said “that’s what the reelection of this president is all about.” She also touted Trump’s agenda on trade and educational choice.
Lawrence, meanwhile, said the GOP ground game was facing a “tough conversation” with voters in the Milwaukee suburbs, but has received a boost with Dems’ decision to move their voter contact program online.
“They really are tough conversations. They say we’re losing voters, but we’re out there, and we’ve got to work to keep them,” Lawrence said. “One great thing about it is that we don’t have the Democrats out there; they stayed home.”
He knocked Dem nominee Joe Biden for not coming to Wisconsin during last week’s convention.
Lawrence, who is Black, also drew a distinction between Biden and Trump on criminal justice. He said the former vice president was the author of a crime bill that had a “large disproportional effect, especially for Black males” and had “large racist effects” while legislation passed under Trump “repealed large sections” of that bill.
Lawrence also praised Trump’s economic platform, saying the economy “has never been as great for Black males as it’s been, especially pre-corona.”
Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, praised Trump delivering on promises to protect the military, appoint conservative Supreme Court justices and cut taxes.