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Kleefisch Calls Democrats ‘Pure Evil’

Former Lt. Governor and Republican candidate for governor appealing to far right?

By - Aug 24th, 2021 02:02 pm
Rebecca Kleefisch. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2017-2018.

Rebecca Kleefisch. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2017-2018.

It was back in March that an aide to former Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, made a tasteless comment comparing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Considering that Kleefisch is running for governor in 2022 and might be the likely Republican nominee, the comment was met with a hailstorm of criticism from Democrats. Yet neither Kleefisch, her campaign group nor her top communications director Alec Zimmerman, who made the Dahmer comment, responded to the criticism. And Zimmerman still holds his position.

On Saturday, Kleefisch unloaded on Democrats, tweeting that “This is pure evil from WI Democrats.”

She linked to a tweet by longtime GOP operative Christian Schneider who referred to Republican state Sen. André Jacque testing positive for COVID-19 and blasted Democratic state Sen. Kelda Roys for “fundraising off of his sickness. Just appalling.”

Precisely how sick Jacque was is still not clear. His statement to the press said that he was “largely asymptomatic.” He was in the hospital with pneumonia, but Jacque said he has had pneumonia previously, implying it might not be because of COVID-19.

Roys’ tweet was a response to a tweet that assailed Jacques for attending a packed legislative committee meeting where he and other Republicans didn’t wear a mask, only to see Jacque test positive two days later. “So predictable,” Roys tweeted. “Selfish, irresponsible, dangerous behavior like THIS is why I fear for my kids when they return to school. We need to require vaccine verification for in person work and school, and universal masking until everyone’s had a chance to be vaccinated.”

Roys then added another tweet inviting people to donate to the Senate Democratic Committee: “Just gonna drop this here, so we can have a nice bundle for whoever runs against him.”

Roys told Urban Milwaukee she wishes the best for Jacque: “I hope he recovers quickly. I don’t want anyone to get sick from COVID — that’s the whole point. Jacque’s reckless actions and the State Senate’s blatant disregard for public health continues to put people needlessly in harms way.”

Whatever the advisability of Roy’s fundraising comment, does a candidate for governor want to tar the opposing party with the “pure evil” label?

“Ms. Kleefisch has again gone to the extreme to appeal to voters,” says PR man and Democratic politico Evan Zeppos. “She would be wise to avoid angry, judgmental hyperbole and remember that if she has any chance of winning the race for governor, she will need more than Republican votes.”

Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic legislator and UW-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus, had previously suggested that Kleefisch, by countenancing the Dahmer quote from a top aide, was undermining one of her key strengths, a reputation for niceness. “That image is worth a million dollars politically,” he noted. But she’s apparently decided she can afford to lose it.

“It’s very hot rhetoric. Hard to top evil. Perhaps the gravitational pull of the Trump silo in the party is just too hard to resist, particularly the need to win a primary that’s less than a year away,” Lee says. “Now, however, she has to be careful that her own fundraising lingo never contradicts the precedent of this message. Otherwise, she’d be accused of a double standard. To inflame the base and raise money, she’s playing with fire.”

Prior to the COVID-19 vaccine being available Kleefisch attended political gatherings of as many as 200 people where no one wore a mask, as Mary Spicuzza has reported. And Kleefisch attended a political rally which featured an activist who claimed the January 6th Capital Riot was “staged,” as Dan Bice reported.

All of which suggests Kleefisch believes she must appeal to the Trump base, despite polls showing broad support in the state for wearing masks and getting vaccinated. She’s also operating in a very different fashion than former two-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “He always took care to stay on the right side of civility and courtesy,” Lee says.

Urban Milwaukee requested a comment from Zimmerman and the 1848 Project, the political launching pad Kleefisch created for her gubernatorial campaign, and has not received a reply.

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11 thoughts on “Back in the News: Kleefisch Calls Democrats ‘Pure Evil’”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    What a spineless horrible human being.

  2. MilwMike1 says:

    Kleefisch must not feel the need to govern all of Wisconsin, just the Republican voters.

  3. Maryg says:

    The truth doesn’t have a leg to stand on anymore…

  4. NieWiederKrieg says:

    Republicans, like Kleefisch, take health care benefits away from Wisconsinites with permanent disabilities and then they give that money to Wisconsin billionaires that pay no taxes, like Dianne Hendricks.

    That’s the definition of “Pure Evil”.

  5. Sachin Chheda says:

    Wow that’s a lot of nonsense. Walker was always civil? Like when he talked about putting agitators in the crowd during the Act 10 protests? Or when he talked about ‘divide and conquer?’ And Kleefisch will be accused of hypocrisy? Since when do they care?

    Kleefisch will do and say anything to get elected. She has no values at her core. She’s an empty vessel, but she’s thrown her lot in with the most extremist right-wingers.

  6. Thomas Martinsen says:

    Post # 4 defines “Pure Evil” rather well.

  7. Keith Schmitz says:

    Do we want another needlessly cruel person like Kristi Noem governing this state? There goes “Wisconsin nice.”

  8. Bellski says:

    More irresponsible reporting from this leftist rag. I love how comments taken out of context can create such rancor from mouth breathing liberal sheep. Well done Urban MKE- you are completely consistent.

  9. gerrybroderick says:

    Other than the coarse comment posted by the cliff-bound conservative lemming, I agree with the opinions voiced above.
    The lemming’s observation, while typical of the unvaccinated, seems appropriately reflective of the attitudes of other nose-breathers. Among them; blind mole rats, blind cave beetles, blind worm lizards the always visionary, Ms. Kleefisch.

  10. GodzillakingMKE says:

    True you forgot to add traitor to 8

  11. dmkrueger2 says:

    #8 Bellski: Good job following the moto: cast shade but never provide details.

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