6 Democrat Mayors Endorse Trump: 'Biden Does NOTHING for the Working Class'
Six Minnesota mayors slam Democratic nominee and support president instead
Six Democrat mayors in the swing state of Minnesota have endorsed Presdient Donald Trump for the election over Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The group of six Democrats was joined by a 7th former Independent mayor and slammed Biden, saying the former vice president hasn't done anything to help working-class Americans.
The six mayors from Minnesota's Iron Range - named for their iron-ore mining districts - announced their endorsement in a letter dated Friday.
The group said they were supporting President Trump over Biden, after years of voting Democrat in the past.
The letter signers were Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Chisholm Mayor John Champa, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich and Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich.
"Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades," the letter stated.
"We have watched as our constituents' jobs left not only the Iron Range, but our country," the letter continues.
"By putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class."
The mayors said that they had 'lost thousands of jobs' in the region, while "generations of young people have left the Iron Range in order to provide for their families with good paying jobs elsewhere."
Additionally, they noted: "Today, we don't recognize the Democratic Party.
"It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class.
"The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats.
"We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us."
The mayors went on to say that Trump's 2016 election was a "wonderful" event that marked a turning point for the region.
Trump "stood up to China, implemented tax cuts and fought for the working class," they wrote.
"Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden are out of touch with the working class, out of touch with what the country needs, and out of touch with those of us here on the Iron Range and in small towns like ours across our nation."
While VP Mike Pence was in Duluth, Minnesota, during a campaign stop Friday, Swanson and Cuffe took the stage to endorse Trump, while former Duluth Mayor Gary Doty, an independent, also said he was endorsing Trump.
Swanson, addressing a crowd of more than 250 people, said: "There’s many people in northern Minnesota who truly are Republicans," according to the Duluth News Tribune.
Pence told the crowd that Trump "stood up to Chinese steel dumping," a statement that Cuffe appeared to agree with when he proclaimed from the stage that was a former Democrat who now supported Trump, adding that "Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class."
Doty, who was mayor of Duluth from 1992 to 2004, and attending the event, told the Duluth News Tribune that he was an officeholder in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party while in the state Legislature in the 1970s, but an independent after that.
He told the news outlet that he hailed "from a DFL family and many of them still are," noting that his father "was the head of the Teamsters and the things he fought for — jobs, benefits and working men and women — the Democratic party has lost that."
Doty said that the Democrats have "gone so far left I can’t support the Democratic ticket this year."