State Sen. Lena Taylor
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State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark

“As a product of the Milwaukee Public School System, I find Senator Ron Johnson’s comments unfitting of the office of a United States Senator.”

By - Jul 24th, 2015 03:10 pm

(MADISON) – Earlier this week, US Senator Ron Johnson, while being interviewed on Vicki McKenna’s radio show on 1310 WIBA, referred to Milwaukee Public School children as “those idiot inner city kids.” Days later, he clarified his remarks to the Washington Post saying, “… that’s how liberals view these underprivileged kids. That is not my viewpoint in any way.” Today, State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who represents a significant portion of the City of Milwaukee, released the following statement:

“As a product of the Milwaukee Public School System, I find Senator Ron Johnson’s comments unfitting of the office of a United States Senator. I currently live in the same Milwaukee neighborhood in which I was raised and represent many of the great and hard-working families and children of MPS.  These students need the same support, opportunities and respect afforded suburban districts by many of our elected officials. They need legislators that will fight to keep funding in their schools and quality teachers in their classrooms. Instead, these children are treated as political pawns. Senator Johnson needs to take ownership of his words. Hiding behind what he called sarcasm, Johnson pawned off his views on liberals and Democrats. In the more than a decade I’ve represented Milwaukee, I’ve never heard a fellow Democrat call inner-city school children idiots. However, I have heard the word used often to describe some politicians and their actions.”

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One thought on “State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark”

  1. PMD says:

    From his idiotic comment mentioned here to his embarrassing display questioning the Energy Secretary plus his buffoonery regarding an animated movie as well as the Super PAC supporting him photo-shopping an image of Obama, RoJo just keeps proving what a total clown he is. Thankfully he’ll be defeated soon.

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