One Wisconsin Now
Press Release

Gov. Walker’s Reverse Field on National Anthem Comes with Fundraising Pitch

Walker-Led Republican Governors Association Starts Hawking ‘I Stand’ Stickers for Campaign Contributions Hours After His NFL Letter

By - Oct 17th, 2017 01:30 pm
Scott Walker.

Scott Walker.

MADISON, Wis. — In response to the Donald Trump incited controversy over National Football League players’ peaceful protests of racial inequality and police brutality during the National Anthem, Gov. Scott Walker said weeks ago he would, “leave it up to them” whether to join. But the career politician yesterday reversed field, issuing a letter calling for players to stand during the anthem released just before the Republican Governors Association he heads began hawking merchandise for campaign contributions emblazoned with the slogan, “I stand.”

“Add the National Anthem to the list of issues on which Gov. Walker flip flopped,“ said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “If you really want to know where this guy stands on any given issue on any given day just follow the money.”

On September 27 Walker, responding publicly in the media in the aftermath of a Trump rant targeting NFL players who engaged in peaceful protest during the playing of the National Anthem before games, said, “I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.”

In a complete reversal of his position, Walker at roughly 2 p.m. on October 16 tweeted a link to a press release about a letter he sent to the NFL Commissioner and Executive Director of the Players Association calling for an end to the protests. He went on to suggest the players raising awareness of serious social issues who were targeted by Trump in an overtly racist speech in Alabama and in subsequent Twitter rants were creating a “political sideshow.”

Not coincidentally, Walker’s about face came mere hours before the Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) that he heads sent out a fundraising solicitation announcing “I Stand” stickers were now available, in exchange for a campaign contribution to the RGA.

The Walker-led RGA has also created controversy recently with the launch of a propaganda website masquerading as a legitimate news outlet to spread negative attacks on Democrats and support Republicans. The website was promoted in an RGA fundraising appeal obtained by One Wisconsin Now as, “fact-checking the liberal media,” but includes a mix of stories from legitimate media sources in addition to right wing news outlets and the RGA’s own press releases.

Ross concluded, “This is all around a classic Gov. Walker play — dismiss concerns about racial justice, use patriotism as a prop to advance a political agenda and set aside any principle in pursuit of campaign cash.”

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

Mentioned in This Press Release


Recent Press Releases by One Wisconsin Now

Dan Kelly’s Opinion: It’s OK to Lie in Judicial Campaigns

State Supreme Court Candidate Co-Authored Column Opposing Efforts to Clean Up Court Campaigns

Campaign Cash Keeps Flowing to WILL’s Shill Dan Kelly

Over $14,000 from Board Members of Right-Wing Legal Group to State Court Justice’s Campaign

Right-Wing Group That Wants to Criminalize Abortion Backs Dan Kelly State Supreme Court Campaign

Dan Kelly Supporters Want Court Action to Allow Enforcement of Abortion Ban Dating to 19th Century

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us