Joe Hutchison, Daily Mail, June 29, 2023
A Milwaukee state senator said ‘f**k the suburbs’ during a heated debate about crime spreading from major cities to quiet neighborhoods.
LaTonya Johnson burst out with the remark after a speech detailing crime in Milwaukee and gun violence in particular.
At the end of her of rant, the Democrat declared: ‘F**k the suburbs, because they don’t know a goddamn thing about how life is in the city.’
Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson says “fuck the suburbs” on the senate floor during a debate on crime spilling from cities to suburbs.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 29, 2023
The shocking outburst drew widespread condemnation and was compared to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 gaffe when she labeled Donald Trump fans ‘deplorables’.
Wisconsin senate speaker Robin Vos tweeted: ‘Elected officials say dumb things occasionally and when that happens, apologies are appropriate.’
Backing her speech, fellow Democrat Francesca Hong tweeted: ‘Senator Johnson spoke passionately to defend the communities she represents.
‘Republicans who continuously weaponize and villainize the people of Milwaukee without accountability need to answer for constantly legislating racism.
‘These absurd times in state gov call for real talk.’
Recent crime stats for the city show that crime has dropped 14 percent overall compared to the same time last year.
Despite this, there have been small increases in the number of rapes this year, up 3 percent on last, as well as the number of robberies, which have climbed 1 percent.
The largest increase in crime has been seen across human trafficking, which has soared 29 percent this year.
Managing editor at the Wisconsin Law Journal Steve Schuster believes that Johnson is not fit for office after her remarks.
In an editorial comment, Schuster wrote: ‘State Sen. LaTonya Johnson is not fit for office and Wisconsin deserves someone who loves Wisconsin – all of Wisconsin – rural, urban and suburban.
‘Last night the Associated Press tweeted Sen. Johnson said, “F-ck the suburbs because they don’t know a goddam thing about life is in the city.”
‘What if a suburban senator said, “F-ck the city.” How would that play in Milwaukee?
‘Dialogues like this is not only counter-productive to the values of the senator’s constituents, but also is far out of alignment with the value of all Wisconsinites.
‘Hate for the suburbs or anyone or any place in Wisconsin has no home here. Resign Sen. LaTonya Johnson, Wisconsin doesn’t have the time for your hate and lack of civility.’
He also wrote that the suburbs in Milwaukee are on the front line of crime in the city due to crime spilling over into neighborhoods.
It follows a similar type of comment made by Hillary Clinton in the run up to the 2016 Presidential Election.
She described Trumps supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’ before later backtracking on her comments.