With a list of horrible governors across the country, including Sam Brownback (Kan.), Chris Christie (N.J.), Nikki Haley (S.C.), Bobby Jindal (La.), John Kasich (Ohio), Paul LePage (Maine), Rick Snyder (Mich.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), and up-and-comers like Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) and Bruce Rauner (Ill.), it's hard to imagine how Scott Walker (Wis.) could rise to the top of the heap. And it is a pretty big heap. But that's just what he's done with his latest comments, comparing working families to terrorists in the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. And knowing how Republican primary voters think, Walker probably just shot to the top of the party's presidential contender list, too.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one of the nation's largest gatherings of extremists, Walker chose to wax eloquently on the topic of terrorism and violent groups like ISIS. He said: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Yeah, you read that right. The governor of Wisconsin just compared working families standing up and speaking for their rights to violent terrorists who behead their innocent victims. The CPAC crowd didn't boo him off the stage like a crowd of actually patriotic Americans would have, they responded to his speech with chants of "Run, Scott Run."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was appalled at the comparison:
Governor Walker’s statement comparing workers and terrorists is revolting. It is clear that Governor Walker’s judgment is impaired, and that he is not qualified for the Presidency.
I call on Governor Walker to personally and immediately retract his statement and apologize sincerely to the millions of workers in Wisconsin and throughout America he has so appallingly insulted.
A spokesperson for Walker later said (I'm paraphrasing): "You know that thing where Walker compared workers to terrorists? He didn't mean that in a bad way. He just really wants to be president." Seriously, the spokesperson said something about leadership and then blamed Obama. An actual quote: "What the governor was saying was when faced with adversity he chooses strength and leadership."
On their Facebook page, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) shared this Walker Instagram, showing the depth of his "strength and leadership":
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has launched a petition telling Walker that "We are not ISIS," please sign it and share it with your friends.
Update: This isn't the first time Walker has made this comparison.