A Wisconsin Democrat sparked controversy when expressing her opinion on the spread of crime beyond big cities. Panelists on “Outnumbered” did not hold back in their discussion of state Sen. LaTonya Johnson’s suggestion to “f— the suburbs.”

Johnson made this statement on the state’s Senate floor during a debate on increased funding for police, as city crime extends into quiet suburbs.

“To say that these additional police are needed because crime is spilling out into the suburbs. What about these babies who are being lost right in their own cities?” she began on Wednesday.

“F— the suburbs because they don’t know a goddamn thing about how life is in the city.”

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Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson shares her views on the suburbs. (WisconsinEye)

“Outnumbered” co-host Kayleigh McEnany likened Johnson’s comments to a “basket of deplorables” moment.

“You’re disregarding a part of society. We are constituents, we are Americans, those of us who live in the suburbs,” McEnany said. “But it’s also politically foolish. Suburban women are a powerful voting bloc.”

McEnany pointed out that Biden’s presidential victory was largely due to the suburban vote.

“So, you’re just going to dismiss this cohort of suburban women that we on the right will try to appeal to? F the suburbs? Give it a try, see how it works out,” she said.

Ian Prior, senior advisor at America First Legal, argued that crime needs to be addressed regardless of where it occurs.

He labeled Johnson’s statement as dangerous.

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The Wisconsin Senate debates the Republican-authored state budget that cuts income taxes, increases funding for K-12 schools and reduces funding for the University of Wisconsin on June 28, 2023, in Madison. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

“Crime is spilling into the suburbs because of the policies that these lawmakers support,” Prior stated, referring to progressive leniency on crime initiatives.

Dr. Janette Nesheiwat criticized Johnson’s lack of decorum on the Senate floor and argued that the spread of crime will continue until lawmakers prioritize the well-being of their constituents.

“She needs to understand that the reason why crime is spreading to the suburbs is because these criminals are not being held accountable,” Nesheiwat said.

Fox News’ Julie Banderas called Johnson’s remarks ignorant and explained why they were completely wrong.

“During the pandemic, how many people actually moved out of cities – just like myself – into the suburbs?” she asked.

“We do know what the city is all about. That’s the whole reason why we moved out. Don’t you dare insult the intelligence of suburban moms or suburban dads, suburbanites in general,” Banderas continued.

“It’s an insult to the American people and to all citizens, whether you live in the city or the suburbs.”

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