Senator Ron Johnson offered a curt and abrasive response to a Wisconsinite with a simple question about growing income inequality in the United States: Don't like it? Pack up and "go to North Korea."

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the town hall exchange just before Thanksgiving. Listen to the audio here.

"Not only does Senator Johnson lack any solutions for middle class families working to make ends meet, he believes anyone who wants to address income inequality should move to North Korea," said Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Martha Laning. "Wisconsinites deserve a Senator who listens to their concerns and works to find real solutions to the problems facing middle class and working Wisconsinites, not an out-of-touch politician who bristles at the thought of even addressing these problems."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Ron Johnson cites North Korea in discussing income equality"
By Patrick Marley

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said at a forum this week that people should look at North Korea if they want to improve the gap between the rich and poor, adding that he doesn’t want to see Americans be “equally poor.” 

“First of all, you want really good income equality, go to North Korea,” the Republican senator said at a town hall-style meeting Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I’m serious. Probably the nation on earth where you’ve got the most income equality is probably North Korea, so I don’t want to see people equally poor.” 

The 20-second snippet of audio was released by the state Democratic Party.

Johnson faces former Sen. Russ Feingold next year in what is shaping up to be one of the mostly closely watched Senate races nationally.

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Robert Hansen


Grew up in Escanaba MI, now living in Greenfield WI. Father, Activist, Past @ironstache @newstalk1510am @mkedems. Opinions are mine.