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Scott Walker Claims Fight With Unions Has Prepared Him To Take On ISIS

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told a crowd at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he was qualified to take on ISIS because he fought unions in his home state claiming “If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Since when is dealing with unarmed and law abiding protesters in America akin to fighting an army of fanatical militants – now sporting US military equipment – in the Middle East?

The comparison between American workers protesting for their rights and a terrorist group that brutally murders and enslaves people was met with disgust and scorn even on the right. National Review’s Jim Geraghty called Walker’s answer on ISIS a “terrible response” explaining.

First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups.

Secondly, it is insulting to the protesters, a group I take no pleasure in defending. The protesters in Wisconsin, so furiously angry over Walker’s reforms and disruptive to the procedures of passing laws, earned plenty of legitimate criticism. But they’re not ISIS. They’re not beheading innocent people. They’re Americans, and as much as we may find their ideas, worldview, and perspective spectacularly wrongheaded, they don’t deserve to be compared to murderous terrorists.

Scott Walker may not be ready for prime time yet. The ISIS insult comes on the heels of his inability to find a position on whether or not he thought President Obama was really a Christian or loved America. Walker later claimed these were “gotcha” questions.

Regardless of whether or not Walker was given unfair questions vis a vis Obama’s faith and patriotism, his statement comparing unions to ISIS was entirely his own making. Walker either genuinely thinks unions are truly as wicked as ISIS or is incapable of articulating himself without saying something dumb and offensive. Hard to say which scenario is worse for his 2016 presidential prospects.

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Scott Walker Claims Fight With Unions Has Prepared Him To Take On ISIS

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told a crowd at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he was qualified to take on ISIS because he fought unions in his home state claiming “If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Since when is dealing with unarmed and law abiding protesters in America akin to fighting an army of fanatical militants – now sporting US military equipment – in the Middle East?

The comparison between American workers protesting for their rights and a terrorist group that brutally murders and enslaves people was met with disgust and scorn even on the right. National Review’s Jim Geraghty called Walker’s answer on ISIS a “terrible response” explaining.

First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups.

Secondly, it is insulting to the protesters, a group I take no pleasure in defending. The protesters in Wisconsin, so furiously angry over Walker’s reforms and disruptive to the procedures of passing laws, earned plenty of legitimate criticism. But they’re not ISIS. They’re not beheading innocent people. They’re Americans, and as much as we may find their ideas, worldview, and perspective spectacularly wrongheaded, they don’t deserve to be compared to murderous terrorists.

Scott Walker may not be ready for prime time yet. The ISIS insult comes on the heels of his inability to find a position on whether or not he thought President Obama was really a Christian or loved America. Walker later claimed these were “gotcha” questions.

Regardless of whether or not Walker was given unfair questions vis a vis Obama’s faith and patriotism, his statement comparing unions to ISIS was entirely his own making. Walker either genuinely thinks unions are truly as wicked as ISIS or is incapable of articulating himself without saying something dumb and offensive. Hard to say which scenario is worse for his 2016 presidential prospects.

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