'F**k the Suburbs': Wisconsin State Senator's Words Met With Criticism


A Wisconsin state senator came under fire for comments made during a debate, in which she condemned the suburbs regarding crime spilling over from the city.

During a debate on the Senate floor regarding a proposed budget, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-W.I.) decided to use some powerful language, Associated Press reporter Scott Bauer tweeted of the incident. The proposed budget would reduce income taxes by $3.5 billion, increase funding towards K-12 public and private schools, and increase pay for public defenders, prison workers, and prosecutors, the Associated Press reported.

“F**k the suburbs because they don’t know a goddamn thing about how life is in the city,” Johnson could be heard saying.

Prior to cursing, Johnson had started her speech by talking about children who had been killed as a result of gun violence, and even blamed people from the suburbs for bringing guns into the city, the Daily Wire reported.

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Johnson said that in 2021, 841 guns were stolen from vehicles in Milwaukee. “Gun thefts from vehicles alone-we’re talking about your Park N’ Rides, we’re talking about the malls, we’re talking about gun thefts from people who are living comfortably in the suburbs and deciding to bring their guns into Milwaukee because they want to be safe but then realizing that they can’t take them into certain places,” said Johnson during her speech.

Johnson’s comments were met with criticism.

One Twitter user remarked on how “F**k the Suburbs” was a “truly remarkable messaging,” especially as lawmakers across the country are preparing to head into a presidential election year.

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“Unfortunately this is the mentality that the Democrat Party of Wisconsin has,” the user wrote. “If you’re not Madison or Milwaukee, you don’t matter.”

Wisconsin state Rep. and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) pointed out “elected officials say dumb things occasionally” and that in those instances, “apologies are appropriate.”

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) pointed out in a tweet that “many of” the people who no longer live in the city, left due to “years of liberal policies.”

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These policies, “led to public safety problems, failing schools, rising taxes, and occasionally outright corruption,” said Walker.

Steve Schuster, the managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Journal, expressed his view that Johnson should “resign from office” after her remarks.

In an editorial article, Schuster wrote, “Wisconsin deserves elected officials who work together for the greater good of everyone and do so with civility and respect.”

Schuster detailed in his article how suburban areas such as Wauwatosa, Shorewood, and St. Francis have been “dealing with crime” stemming out from the city of Milwaukee.

“In my opinion, State Sen. LaTonya Johnson is not fit for office and Wisconsin deserves someone who loves Wisconsin-all of Wisconsin- rural, urban and suburban,” wrote Schuster.

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