Democratic mayor of Eveleth, Minnesota, has endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection.
In a speech on the 2nd night of the Republican National Convention, Robert Vlaisavljevich endorsed President Trump, saying that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is “too weak, too scared, and too sleepy to stand up to the radical Left.”
The mayor issued a strong condemnation of the Green New Deal, calling the proposed set of environmental and economic changes a “job-killing disgrace, dreamt up by people who don’t live in the real world.”
“The radical environmental movement has dragged the Democratic Party so far to the left, they can no longer claim to be advocates of the working man,” he said during his speech.
The Green New Deal, backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2030, a job for anyone who wants to work, a sweeping program to make every residential and industrial building in the United States energy efficient, and universal healthcare.
Experts claim that the program could cost between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10 years. For comparison, total government spending through 2029 is estimated to be less than $60 trillion.
Vlaisavljevich, mayor of Eveleth, a small town in the Iron Range of northwest Minnesota, citing his support for Trump’s economic and trade policies, argued that the president was to thank for the town’s improving economy.
“I am happy to say that after decades of despair, the Iron Range is roaring back to life, and we have one man to thank: President Donald Trump. He made good his promises by cutting our taxes, rolling back senseless regulations, and delivering trade deals that put America’s interests first.”
The mayor backed President Trump in 2016, when he expressed his dismay with “wealthy trust-fund babies” in Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party telling him how to vote.
At the time, the unemployment rate in St. Louis County, Minnesota, where Eveleth is located, was at 9% — double Minnesota’s 4% statewide unemployment rate. In January 2020, the unemployment rate in the county was 4.5%, while the statewide rate was 3.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.