On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the 15th candidate to officially seek the Republican presidential nomination. Walker, who compared American teachers and firefighters to brutal ISIS terrorists, has also called equal pay for women a “bogus issue,” and would ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Our Factivists have more on Walker’s record of extremism here.
Furthermore, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement on Walker’s 2016 announcement. “With today’s announcement, Scott Walker has indicated that he intends to bring his Wisconsin brand of politics to Washington, but the reality is that he’s already brought the worst of Washington to Wisconsin,” wrote Wasserman Schultz. Check out our Chair’s full remarks here.
Moreover, Walker spent the remainder of the week alienating American workers, especially women and LGBT Americans. Walker not only expressed support for banning LGBT adults from volunteering with boy scouts, but also called the minimum wage “lame” and stated that abortion was not a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor. Our Factivists are back with more on Walker’s outlandish statements here.
Yesterday, Jeb Bush, who has sworn to repeal the Affordable Care Act, admitted that the healthcare overhaul might actually work for innovative business models like Uber. Our Factivists have more on Bush’s contradictory admission here.
Also yesterday, Charles M. Bow wrote a scathing op-ed for the New York Times dissecting Donald Trump’s opportunism and its impact on the Republican brand. “As long as portions of the Republican Party laud the divisive, fact-challenged Trump as a terrific truth-teller, the party’s brand will continue to sustain incalculable damage, particularly among the vital immigrant population,” charged Bow. Check out the entire piece here.
Have a safe and happy weekend.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Democratic National Committee