Walker and His Pro-Trump Sympathies

Republican Scott Walker is Wisconsin’s 45th Governor.  That Donald Trump is the 45th President of the USA underscores a similarity between the two that is more than just coincidence.

Walker threw his hat in the Presidential ring in 2016, but quickly withdrew before the Trump steam-roller flattened the rest of the Republican primary opposition.

Walker is running for a third term as Governor in November and awaits his Democratic rival.  The voters of Wisconsin should consider how Walker has aligned his himself with the President’s philosophy and creed since Trump entered the Oval Office.

In 2015, before the reality of Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP properly emerged, Walker compared Trump’s policies to those of Hilary Clinton [1] – something that has since changed radically.

  • By mid 2016, Walker’s pivot regarding Trump we explicit and unequivocal, declaring that any Republican Presidential candidate was preferable to Hilary Clinton. [2]
  • Walker was enthusiastic in his backing for the Trump endorsed, GOP tax overhaul of December 2017, controversially claiming that a family four in Wisconsin would benefit from an extra $2,500.00 a year. Opponents of Walker accused him of being highly selective with the numbers he chose so as to put the tax-plan in an unrealistic light. [3]
  • In April 2018, sensing the firing up of the Democrats for the November 2018 mid-terms, Walker declared that he was happy to campaign with Trump should he visit Wisconsin [4]
  • In June 2018, state Governors across the country, of both political stripes, denounced Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. Some also refused to dispatch their national guard to the southern border to help implement this.  In contrast, Walker announced that two dozen Wisconsin national guard would be dispatched to assist.  [5]

Walker is no doubt sensing the rise of anti-Republican sentiment this coming November.  Consequently, as with so many other “at-risk” Republican candidates, incumbents or not, a choice is seemingly being made.

A minority of Republicans distance themselves from a President with historically low approval ratings, and a highly questionable reputation, in the hope of picking up moderates of both parties and independents.

Conversely, a majority of Republicans, including Walker, are throwing their electoral lot in with Trump in the hope of the President’s “base” being animated and active enough at the polls to stave off the threat of a Democratic surge in November.

With his pro-Trump record, Walker has every reason to be wary come election day.

 

[1]  https://www.cnn.com/2015/08/11/politics/walker-iowa-trump/index.html

[2]  https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-scott-walker-donald-trump-endorsement-225914

[3]  https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/gov-scott-walker-says-tax-change-will-mean-cut-for/article_3b2338bd-d992-5aa0-88a7-82a061400796.html

[4]  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/30/gov-scott-walker-says-he-would-campaign-donald-trump-if-he-comes-wisconsin/564457002

[5]  https://www.thenation.com/article/scott-walker-donald-trumps-dangerous-enabler

 

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