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Press Release
February 19, 2015

Walker Refuses to Condemn ‘Dog Whistle Racism’ at His New York Meet and Greet

Giuliani Says He Doesn’t Believe Obama ‘Loves America;’ Team Walker Claims Event With Media ‘Off the Record’

MADISON, Wis. — For the second time in two weeks, Gov. Scott Walker is refusing to condemn alarming comments made by prominent Republicans on his behalf or in his presence. The latest, failed GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who said during a Walker meet and greet in New York that he doesn’t believe President Obama “loves America.”

According to an article in Politico, when asked for comment, “In an interview after the dinner — Walker aides insisted all of the governor’s comments were off the record.”

“That Scott Walker won’t condemn Rudy Giuliani’s dog whistle racism against President Obama says even more about Walker than it does Giuliani,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “This isn’t about Republican and Democrat, this is about right and wrong.”

The Walker event was part of his ongoing 2016 presidential primary campaign work. According to the media account of Walker’s event:

Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

“Scott Walker thinks that he can get a pass from this despicable racism said on his behalf by whining that something is ‘off the record,’” said Ross. “Once again, we see you can’t spell Scott Walker’s brand of ‘bold leadership’ without ‘B.S.’”

This is the second time in as many weeks Walker has stood silently while his allies make outrageous comments to help his campaign. Last week, Rush Limbaugh make a rape joke while describing how Walker should explain his evolving story on leaving college. Walker also refused to condemn those comments.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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