More Governors Back Away From Trump And His Racism — But Not Pat McCrory

Republican governors from across the country — e.g., Scott WalkerCharlie BakerLarry HoganBill HaslamJohn KasichRick SnyderSusana MartinezBruce RaunerDennis Daugaard — are declining to endorse Donald Trump, the GOP’s racist and misogynistic conspiracy-theorist-in-chief.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory? Not so much. Pat McCrory’s still all in for Donald Trump — and even helping him raise money.

On Tuesday, McCrory Gave Trump a boost by making an appearance at one of his fundraisers. And apparently McCrory made quite the impression on Trump. At a rally later that evening, Trump praised Governor McCrory as a “great governor” who’s “doing a fantastic job.”

Sounds about right — if Trump means McCrory’s doing a bang-up job of enabling and normalizing Trump’s bigotry, misogyny, and racism. 

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Like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker Is Still #EventuallyTrump

Until he says otherwise, Scott Walker is — like Ted Cruz — still ready to embrace and support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

Scott Walker in December acknowledged he’d heard some Republicans say they might not support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, but Walker insisted that he was firmly not in that camp:

“I made it clear when I was a candidate, I signed off, that first debate, I said I will support the nominee and I will support the nominee of the party.”

Cruz now; eventually Trump.

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With Legal Immigration Cuts, Trump Somehow Finds Room To Run Further To The Right

In search of a right-wing immigration policy that will allow him to call far-right Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio “weak” on immigration policy, Donald Trump is — like Scott Walker and Rick Santorum before him — calling for hard limits on legal immigration.

Yes, Donald Trump’s latest maneuvering to the right on immigration is straight out of anti-legal immigration “torch-bearer” Rick Santorum’s playbook

Trump’s left behind his days of pretending its just undocumented immigrants he has a problem with — now he’s going after immigrants who come to the U.S. legally, promising to “get immigration numbers under control.”

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American Bridge Response To Scott Walker’s Trump-ing

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement:

“Scott Walker is out of the race, but his extreme views, from denying women the right to choose even in cases of rape and incest to prioritizing tax cuts for billionaires over working families, will live on in a Republican field that’s racing still faster to the right.

“To each of the fifteen surviving candidates: Start drafting your campaign-suspension speeches — you might be the next to go.”

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Second Debate Proves The 2016 GOP Candidate Will Repeat 2012 Mistakes

As the dust settles after last night’s painfully long debate, it’s clear that there were at least two out-of-touch issues that every candidate agrees on: defunding Planned Parenthood and playing to the far-right with extreme anti-immigration stances. Unfortunately for the GOP, these are the same issues that they lost on in 2012.

First, each candidate attempted to one-up each other on their anti-women’s health agendas and how much they had (or would) defund the number one women’s health provider in the nation, Planned Parenthood:

Then, the contenders spewed hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric:

So, how’s that rebrand going again?

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Walker’s Ties To New Wisconsin Common Core Test Complicates Things

Scott Walker wants voters to believe that nothing’s changed as Wisconsin adopts a new Common Core test and he took $10,000 from the CEO of the company producing the new test, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Something there isn’t right. Jeb Bush is contorting himself to distance from his Common Core support in a primary that has gone so far right that there might not be much room left, and Walker the strategist is clearly paying attention.

Walker is hoping to avoid anything that irritates the 2 percent of GOP voters who still support him, but links like these to Common Core will do just that.

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GOP Punch-Out, Vol. II

TO:                 Interested Parties
FROM:           Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
DATE:            September 15, 2015

This Wednesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, joined by Donald Trump and his crew of 10 sideshow candidates, will take the stage at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, for the second GOP primary debate. But first, a brief update on how the field’s shaken up since the last debate.

The GOP candidates have sprinted further to the right than anyone anticipated: Candidates have called for the repeal of the 14th Amendment, and an end to guaranteed citizenship to everyone born in the United States. Jeb Bush embraced the term “anchor babies,” then angrily defended his use of the slur. Second-place Ben Carson said he might order drone strikes on the United States’ southern border. Scott Walker […]

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Walker Flexes “Foreign Policy” Muscles With Anti-Working Families Proposal

One of the most worldly presidential candidates of all time, polling-at-two-percent Scott Walker, flexed his “foreign policy” muscles Monday by unveiling a brave new strategy to take down American working people.

Walker first unveiled his dueling labor-foreign policy chops at CPAC when he compared unions to ISIS, saying, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” He followed that successful endeavor with his claim that the “Soviet Union started treating [Ronald Reagan] more seriously” when Reagan ordered the firing of 11,000 air traffic controllers.

That earned Walker a “Pants on Fire” rating from PolitiFact, which took pains to note his ludicrous characterization of the firings as “one of the most important foreign policy decisions ‘made in our lifetime.’” And just last week, one of Walker’s foreign policy advisers suggested that though he lacks practical experience in diplomacy, Walker’s face-off with Wisconsin public employee unions gives him the credibility to execute a forceful […]

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Walker’s Job Creation Agency Didn’t Double Check Job Creation

What happens when Scott Walker’s signature job creation agency doesn’t actually check whether jobs were created?

Walker loses even more credibility after failing to meet his job promise when Wisconsin only created 129,000 of the 250,000 jobs he promised.

Four years after Walker created WEDC in 2011, state auditors said yesterday that WEDC officials hadn’t started independently verifying “whether businesses created the jobs they said they would” until this year, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Even then, WEDC officials “did not look at wages paid or hour worked.”

This comes on the heels of yet another company, HyPro, laying off 62 workers after receiving $262,000 in state incentives. It created a whopping two jobs since 2013 with all that state backing.

Criminal scrutiny, outsourcing jobs, and layoffs for Wisconsin workers: Walker’s WEDC in a nutshell.

From WKOW:

 

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Walker’s Stock Crashing, Adviser Equates Union Conflict With Foreign Policy Experience

It’s no secret that Scott “Worldly” Walker’s stock is crashing — hard and fast. Time and time again, Walker’s tripped himself up on both foreign and domestic policy — doubling and trippling down on gaffes, then awkwardly walking them back whenever he can get away with it.

And, though some may have missed it over the long weekend, one of Scott Walker’s foreign policy advisers, Jim Talent, just resurrected an old Walker favorite that exposes just how painfully unaware and inexperienced Walker is when it comes to foreign policy. The New York Times Magazine’s Robert Draper reported:

Talent’s candidate — a Wisconsin governor with no experience on international issues — is obligated to come up with a vision from scratch. Talent asserts that Walker, the man who dismantled Wisconsin’s public-employee unions, will face down enemies abroad with equal fortitude.  

This, of course, is a nice throwback to Scott Walker’s similar assertion this year, […]

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