Trump suggested that cannabis ballot measures swing elections in Democrats’ favor and, at least in Wisconsin, he may be right.
President Donald Trump hosted a campaign rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin the same night the Democratic National Convention was scheduled to kick off in Milwaukee. While Democrats instead opted for a virtual conference to avoid spreading the coronavirus, Trump drew a crowd of at least 1,000 people.
In off-the-cuff remarks, Trump suggested to Republicans that if they wanted to win elections, they had to keep cannabis legalization off the ballot. Though the Trump Administration has attacked cannabis reform in behind-closed-doors proceedings and by blocking legislative action, this is the first time the President has made negative comments about cannabis in public.
“The next time you run please don’t put marijuana on the ballot at the same time you’re running,” Trump said at the rally. “You brought out like a million people that nobody ever knew were coming out.”
The comments were directed at former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was among the crowd and was ousted in the 2018 mid-term election by Democratic challenger and current Gov. Tony Evers. But the 2018 gubernatorial race was heated with just over one percentage point of total votes separating Evers and Walker. [Read more at The French Toast]