Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich, a life-long Democrat, condemned the radical environmentalism of the Democratic Party during night two of the Republican National Convention.
In one of the most effective speeches of the night, Vlaisavljevich said the “radical environmental movement has dragged the Democratic Party so far to the left that they can no longer claim to be advocates of the working man.”
“Since our economy is vulnerable to economic trends and to foreign trade, we always needed a strong voice in Washington to protect our interests. We looked to Democrats to fill that void for many years because we actually thought they cared about our welfare. Not anymore,” he said. “This is hard for me to say because I am a life-long Democrat.”
Vlaisavljevich said leaders of both parties have allowed America to be “ripped off by our trading partners, especially China, who dumped steel into our markets and slapped tariffs on our products.”
“And what did so-called leaders like Joe Biden do? Nothing. The human cost has been devastating. We lost thousands of jobs, we lost a generation of young people who had to leave the Iron Range to find a livelihood. Worst of all, we lost hope,” he said.
Then something unexpected happened. A straight-talking New Yorker burst onto the scene promising to stand up to China and the rest of the world on behalf of the American worker.
Four years later, the Iron Range is roaring back to life and we have one man to thank: President Donald Trump.
He made good on his promises by cutting our taxes, rolling back senseless regulations, and delivering trade deals that put America’s interests first.
But the fight is not over. Joe Biden has allowed radicals like AOC to craft his environmental policies. Their so-called Green New Deal is a job killing disgrace dreamt up by people who don’t live in the real world.
But Biden is too weak, too scared, and too sleepy to stand up to the radical left. He has been doing nothing in Washington for 47 years. Why would year 48 be any different?
President Trump won’t back down to anybody. He delivered the best economy in our history and he will do it again for all of us.
The Iron Range’s economic future and survival is at stake, and so is America’s.
We know we can count on President Trump to fight for us and win.