This week, as Donald Trump prepared to step foot in Wisconsin for the first time since 2022, the Biden-Harris campaign held press conferences across the state to emphasize the threat Trump poses to our economy, our freedoms, and our democracy.

In Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee, union leaders and local officials highlighted how President Biden has consistently shown up for Wisconsin – through his successful efforts to lower health care costs, create jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, and fight for reproductive freedom – which couldn’t be more of a stark contrast with Trump’s record of failure in the state.

See the coverage below:

On the Airwaves:

WBAY (ABC – Green Bay, WI): Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski: “Donald Trump doesn’t care about Wisconsin and he has a record to prove it. Today is the first time Trump has been here in almost two years. You know why? He’s been too busy focusing on himself.”

WLUK (Fox – Green Bay, WI): Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski: “As president, Donald Trump didn’t do things for working families here in Wisconsin. Let’s talk about his tax plan. His tax plan provided tax breaks for the wealthy 1 percent and corporations, so the Amazons of the world paid basically zero in taxes and my parents, who are retired public school teachers, paid more.”

WAOW (ABC – Wausau, WI): “Democrats lashing out at Trump during an event of their own yesterday, saying that Trump has ignored the state since 2022.”

WLUK (Fox – Green Bay, WI): Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski: “[Donald Trump] has been too busy focusing on himself. Whether that’s peddling his next gimmick, like buying a bible or $399 sneakers that working families can’t afford…”

WFRV (CBS – Green Bay, WI): “Wisconsin Democrats hosted a media event of their own yesterday in response to former President Trump’s visit. Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski said a reelected Donald Trump will mean a further setback for reproductive rights and possible dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, which became law during President Obama’s administration. She also blamed Republicans for not working with Democrats on the southern border immigration plan.”

WITI (Fox – Milwaukee, WI): Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley: “When you think about the stark contrast that you have between Donald Trump and President Biden, I think the choice is very clear that President Biden is going to help again get us over this hump and really bring this community together.”

WSAW (CBS – Wausau, WI): Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski: “Today, really what this presidential campaign is coming down to is Donald Trump, which is all about me, versus Joe Biden, which is about we.”

WSAW (CBS – Wausau, WI): “Democrats lashed out at Trump, with an event in Brown County critical of his election day appearance.”

WDJT (CBS – Milwaukee, WI): “State and local Democrats teamed up with union leaders today to highlight what’s at stake in the presidential race. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump took to the airwaves ahead of his visit to Green Bay tomorrow — the same day as the state’s presidential primary. During a conservative radio show, Trump attacked his opponent again, falsely claiming he won Wisconsin in 2020.”

WISN (ABC – Milwaukee, WI): Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson: “Donald Trump, wants tomorrow, and this election, to be all about himself. We are excited about reelecting President Joe Biden in this city and this state, and we will reelect President Joe Biden.”

WISN (ABC – Milwaukee, WI): Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley: “[Donald Trump] continues to gaslight us talking about how he still won the election in 2020.”

WDJT (CBS – Milwaukee, WI): “Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson was joined by County Executive David Crowley and Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez. They said Biden is dedicated to winning Wisconsin in November. [The Democratic Coordinated Campaign] has opened 44 field offices across the state. Leaders also pointed to a number of times that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have visited the Badger State in recent weeks.”

Online:

WLUK: Democrats criticize Trump during Green Bay rally

[Emily Matesic, 4/2/24]

During a news conference held at the Brown County Democratic Party headquarters, Trump detractors spoke about the harm he caused as president and the damage he’ll do if re-elected.

According to Wisconsin’s Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski, “As President, Donald Trump didn’t do things for working families here in Wisconsin. Let’s talk about his tax plan. His tax plan provided tax breaks for the wealthy 1% in corporations. So the Amazons in the world paid basically zero in taxes and my parents who are retired public school teachers paid more.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Immigration and 2020 false claims: Takeaways from Donald Trump’s Wisconsin rally

[Molly Beck, 4/2/24]

Ahead of Trump’s visit, Democrats held news conferences in Madison and Milwaukee on Monday highlighting Biden’s infrastructure efforts and his support for union workers, as well as his administration’s advocacy for abortion access.

Kent Miller, president of the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council, called Biden “the most pro-union president and pro-worker president in our history.” Biden visited the union’s DeForest training center in February 2023, before he had officially announced his plans to seek reelection.

CBS58: Local Democratic officials gather in support of President Biden

[Staff, 4/1/24]

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, alongside County Executive David Crowley and Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez, gathered Monday, April 1 in support for President Joe Biden.

They highlighted his commitment to Wisconsin ahead of the November election, discussing the strategic opening of 44 [Coordinated Campaign] field offices throughout the state, as well as multiple visits to Wisconsin made by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

WPR: Trump attacks immigration in return to Wisconsin

[Joe Schulz, 4/2/24]

In a press conference ahead of the Trump rally, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, who sits on the Biden-Harris Campaign’s National Advisory Board, said Trump’s visit is an attempt to “put a band aid on the fact” that he hasn’t been to the state in over two years.

[…]

Samantha Crowley, a medical student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said during the Biden campaign’s press conference that a national abortion ban would “take away the reproductive freedoms” of over 1 million Wisconsin women. She said Trump’s largely taken credit for the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision getting overturned.

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