The 2016 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia.
Not every face was a happy one.
In March of 2019 the Democratic National Committee selected Milwaukee to host the 2020 convention, rejecting larger, glitzier cities like Miami and Houston. Democrats felt they needed to patch some political wounds.
Donald Trump fiercely campaigned in Wisconsin in 2016, attending five rallies here in the final 100 days leading up to Election Day. Hillary Clinton behaved as though she was allergic to cheese, making zero appearances. Trump won Wisconsin by less than one percentage point — 47.2 percent to 46.5 percent.
National Public Radio reported, “So now comes the announcement that the Democratic National Committee, convention delegates, and hordes of media will pack hotels, sporting arenas, ballrooms, historic neighborhood bars, local restaurants (which still serve kielbasa and brats, along with trendier fare) for one of the year’s marquee political events.”
With the convention originally slated for July the host city expected to draw 50,000 guests and enjoy an economic impact of $200 million.
But the pandemic came and the convention went virtual.
There still was a matter of security. Before the onslaught of the virus officials planned to have 1,200 Milwaukee police officers and many more from around the country, a total force of about 4,000. Even though the convention went from really big to not so big, Milwaukee reached out to other police departments for help. Franklin’s response…
The Franklin Common Council voted 6-0 to approve Chief Oliva’s letter.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, “At least 100 law enforcement agencies have withdrawn agreements to send personnel to next month’s Democratic National Convention, some of them citing orders to Milwaukee’s police chief to cease the use of tear gas and pepper spray during demonstrations.”
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