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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican nominee for president, likened his experience in dealing with the state labor unions as to how he would deal with ISIS. As reported in The Huffington Post:
“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said his experience undermining labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on the threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East.
“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world,” Walker told a packed crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in response to a question about how he would fight the terrorist group, which has killed thousands in Iraq and Syria.
Walker was referring to protesters who led an unsuccessful recall effort against him in 2012, after he proposed a budget that stripped Wisconsin’s public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights. The protests lasted for months and catapulted Walker onto the national political stage…
…Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt sharply rebuked Walker’s remarks Thursday evening, calling the comparison “disgusting.”
“To compare the hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, grandmothers, veterans, correctional officers, nurses and all the workers who came out to peacefully protest and stand together for their rights as Americans to ISIS terrorists is disgusting and unacceptable,” Neuenfeldt said in a statement. “To compare hard-working men and women who work for a living to terrorists is a disgrace. Coming together to peacefully protest for freedom, to raise your voice for a better Wisconsin, this is not an act of terror.”
Walker had reportedly made similar remarks at a private dinner hosted by Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis — the same dinner where former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani controversially claimed that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America.”
Scott Walker may be the darling of the Republican Party’s right wing but the more he says, the more he is toast as far as national politics are concerned.