Donald Trump in Racine Tuesday charged “radical left lunatics” are lying about reports he called Milwaukee “horrible,” saying he loves the city and chose it himself to host the upcoming Republican National Convention.  

“But I’m the one that picked Milwaukee and the Democrats, or the radical left lunatics, as I call them, what they say is just so terrible. They lie, lie, lie. They have a horrible candidate,” Trump said, while citing concerns about crime and election administration.

Trump claimed he instead told House Republicans at a closed-door meeting “how much I like Milwaukee.” Republicans provided conflicting accounts of Trump’s remarks.

Meanwhile, Dems ahead of Trump’s speech knocked the former president for failing to follow through on his promises for nearby Foxconn. 

Trump slammed President Joe Biden’s plan to allow spouses and children of U.S. citizens who are living in the country illegally a path to permanent legal residency, which he argued is “illegal as hell” and an attempt to recruit voters. 

“What they’re trying to do is they’re trying to use all of these people that are pouring into our country to vote. What other reason?” Trump said. 

Trump also knocked U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, as one “of the worst in the Senate,” adding “nobody even knows she’s a senator.” He praised GOP U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde and said the Madison businessman is “of this area.” Hovde, who joined Trump on stage to make brief remarks, was born and raised in Madison, according to a bio on his campaign website, but Dems have knocked him for his California ties.

Hovde blasted Biden’s policies and knocked Baldwin for supporting them. 

“The results are clear. This president, no wars. Joe Biden, the world’s awash in conflict. So the results speak for themselves, and Tammy Baldwin has voted with Joe Biden 95.5% of the time,” Hovde said. 

Trump spoke at Racine Festival Park, about 10 miles from Mt. Pleasant, where Biden last month touted Microsoft’s plans to invest $3.3 billion in a new data center at the Foxconn site last month. This was Trump’s third Wisconsin rally this year.

Former GOP Govs. Scott Walker and Tommy Thompson, U.S. Reps. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, and Derrick Van Orden, R-Prairie du Chien, and former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy spoke ahead of Trump’s remarks. 

Steil, who chairs the House Administration Committee, said he’s “working hand in hand with President Trump to make sure that we secure this election.” He noted non-citizens in Washington, D.C., are allowed to vote in certain local elections, which he said should “scare the heck out of” voters. 

“If you’re like me, you think that U.S. elections should be for U.S. citizens only,” Steil said.

Ramaswamy said the United States is in a war “between those of us who love the United States of America and our founding ideals and a fringe minority who hates this country and what we stand for.” 

“And right now we need a commander in chief who is going to lead us to victory in that war. That is your 47th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump,” Ramaswamy said.

Biden supporters in a press conference ahead of Trump’s speech blasted the former president for failing to uphold his promises for Foxconn after saying the facility would become the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Gilbert Gonzalez, who said he has worked in the construction industry for 30 years, said contractors were “bitterly disappointed” when the original plans for Foxconn fell through. 

“Many of my friends and family lost their jobs on the construction site. Foxconn was not just a letdown, it was a failure that left us empty-handed and betrayed. 

Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, of Racine, said voters’ choice is between “empty promises” with Trump and “genuine progress” under Biden. She said Foxconn has had “a profound impact on our community.”

“People lost their homes and the promised jobs were nowhere to be found. But it is clear that President Biden delivers where Trump failed,” Neubauer said, crediting Biden for Microsoft’s investment.

Watch the video of Trump’s remarks.

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