Donald Trump has insulted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker because one of Walker’s fundraisers called the billionaire real estate mogul “DumbDumb”.
At a packed rally at Oskaloosa High School on July 25, Donald Trump said: “Finally, I can attack!”
“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core!”
The mention of the state-driven education standards — from which Scott Walker, like many Republican governors, has walked away — incited a prolonged boo.
Donald Trump also told a story about Scott Walker giving him a “beautiful plaque” out of gratitude for campaign donations and wondered if: “Wisconsin paid for it.”
Republicans’ hopes of banishing Donald Trump from their presidential primary may have wilted in the heat of the Iowa summer. On his first visit to the caucus state since the McCain insult, Donald Trump drew a crowd of 1,300 in a city of 11,463. He cleaned up his remarks about veterans, from the stage and in the crowd. He talked with characteristic gusto about “killing in the polls and” securing a spot in the party’s first sanctioned debate, scheduled for August 6.
“I’m going to be there, much to the chagrin of many people,” Donald Trump told reporters.
As they lined up for the speech, conservative Iowans fell into two camps. One group adored Donald Trump’s brio, but wished he hadn’t gotten personal with John McCain (R-Ariz.). The larger camp egged Donald Trump on for again refusing to play nice. Although a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Donald Trump’s ratings slipping after his comments about John McCain, the crowd in Oskaloosa saw another reason to trust him. Some Republican voters, who had dutifully turned out for “anti-establishment” candidates and been disappointed, insisted that Donald Trump was just the man to blow up the system.
In Oskaloosa, Donald Trump told his main audience, of 700, about his July 23 visit to the US-Mexico border. He told an overflow audience that President Barack Obama had failed POWs by winning Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban but not getting Iran to turn over hostages.
He also won cheers for telling how he denied credentials to the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, after its editorial board called on him to quit the race. In a back-and-forth with reporters, with the Register’s team kept outside his event, Donald Trump proved that he was comfortable being playful with the facts.
Scott Walker has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for US president.
The 47-year-old Wisconsin governor tweeted: “I’m in.”
Scott Walker is joining a field of 14 others in his party competing for the 2016 election.
In a video released on July 13, Scott Walker said: “I’m running for president to fight and win for the American people.”
He will formally announce his run for US president later at an event in Milwaukee.
Governor Scott Walker defeated a recall election and clashed with labor unions in his home state, and cut taxes by nearly $2 billion.
In addition to siding with business groups by dismantling collective bargaining and automatic deduction of union dues, Scott Walker’s conservative policies have made abortions harder to obtain in Wisconsin, required citizens to show photo identification when voting and legalized carrying concealed weapons.
President Barack Obama made fun of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email in a satirical speech at this year’s Gridiron diner on March 14.
Barack Obama joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election, and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia for the annual Gridiron dinner, an evening of song and skits making light of major players in US politics.
The president joked that his reputation for being a tech-savvy president had now been eclipsed by his one-time foe Hillary Clinton, who has come under fire for using a private email account for her work as secretary of state.
“If you think about how things have changed since 2008, back then I was the young tech-savvy candidate of the future. Now I’m yesterday’s news and Hillary’s got a server in her house!”
“I am so far behind,” Barack Obama said.
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Scott Walker also had some fun with Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, tying her to wealthy Wall Street donors.
“I even have Hillary’s private email,” he said.
“It goes right to her campaign headquarters. You know, it’s [email protected],” Scott Walker added.
He quipped that the joke was written by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is known for crusading against Wall Street, and who some Democrats hope will challenge Hillary Clinton.
Barack Obama, feeling loose with less than two years left in office, noted criticism that he had taken a “selfie” photo in a viral video promoting his health insurance program, but he turned the tables on Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran warning them against a nuclear deal the president hopes to secure.
“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran,” Barack Obama said.
Barack Obama also ribbed Vice President Joe Biden for his touchy-feely habits. Joe Biden drew criticism for massaging the shoulders of the wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter at his swearing-in ceremony.
“Joe rubs my shoulders, too,” Barack Obama said.
Barack Obama jabbed Scott Walker for dodging a question during a recent trip to London on whether he believed in evolution.
“I absolutely believe in the theory of evolution – when it comes to gay marriage,” the president said.
Barack Obama came out in favor of gay marriage in 2012 after many years of what he described as a personal evolution in his thinking about the subject.
The Gridiron Club and Foundation, founded in 1885, is the oldest organizations of journalists in Washington. Membership is by invitation only.
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