Watch GOP Gov. Caught On Camera Bullying Councilman For Raising Concerns About Trumpcare

Watch GOP Gov. Caught On Camera Bullying Councilman For Raising Concerns About Trumpcare

When a local Democratic county executive dared to ask Wisconsin governor Scott Walker about the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Walker turned feisty.

Walker is in a mood

The Republican governor was at a press conference in Appleton, Wisconsin to tout tourism, and fortunately Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was there to ask the Republican governor what his plans are if the GOP plan to demolish Obamacare passes in the Senate.

Walker turned petulant.

“The plan is I’m going to wait for what the Senate and the President do, and we’ll see from there,” he snapped. 

Then he accused Nelson of grandstanding by grandstanding himself.

“So just to be clear folks, just to be clear, the county executive wants to take away from tourism right now and play a political stunt about a topic that has nothing to do with what we’re talking about today,” he said.

Then he said:

“It’s on an issue that was voted in front of the House of Representatives but is not even going forward in the Senate right now. We’ll take a look at it when it goes to the United States Senate. We’re going to lobby in a way that allows us to do the things that we’ve done here in the state of Wisconsin.”

Nelson told Walker he was making their discussion political, The Hill reports. Walker turned feisty again, firing back:

“If you want to play politics, you should run for office. You want to run for governor, run for governor.”

He reminded the crowd that he would address the healthcare issue as the bill makes its way through the Senate and before it reaches Trump’s desk.

“Look, this obviously has gotten under your skin,” Nelson said.

Walker retorted:

“What’s gotten under my skin, ladies and gentlemen, is the fact that someone decided to pull a political stunt and show up at an event about tourism.” 

“We will continue to push for plans to allow us to have the plan we enacted, not the one you left us with when you left the state legislature,” he said.

Was he giving himself a pat on the back for Obamacare, which he routinely campaigned against? Being the hypocrite that he is, this wouldn’t be at all surprising.

Shortly after that, Walker took to Twitter.

But that sure isn’t what he said earlier this week, according to The Hill. Shortly after the House GOP passed the American Healthcare Act, Walker said he might go right ahead and opt his state out of rules governing pre-existing healthcare coverage.

What a slimeball. Now he’s obviously back-tracking on that, perhaps because there’s been such an uproar over this bill that absolutely guarantees people will die.

Related: Scott Walker Defunds Planned Parenthood And Screws Women Out Of Healthcare In Wisconsin

Nelson told USA Today Network-Wisconsin that he plans to contact the state’s congressional leaders and to Walker next week regarding the legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). 

If (Walker) is serious about this issue, I would be more than happy to invite him back to Outagamie County, sit down with my (Health and Human Services) director and some others and talk through this very important issue because this will have a direct effect on counties, perhaps a huge effect,” he said.

It definitely could be a huge effect, according to WBAY.com. Nelson informed Walker that as many as 300,000 people in Northeast Wisconsin may lose their insurance if the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) becomes law.

Nelson was asked if he confronted Walker because he was considering running for office again, but he nixed this.

“I mean at this point, right now … no,” he said. “This is something that is a huge issue for the people of Outagamie County and Northeast Wisconsin, and quite frankly, it deserves as much attention and focus from our elected leaders as possible.”

He added:

“And a lot of people are concerned about the pace that they’re moving with this issue in Washington and it could be at our doorstep very, very soon and we have to be prepared.”

Spin-meisters from the Republican Party issued a statement and acted indignant in the process. But that’s the Republicans for you.

“Democrats in Wisconsin are threatened by the idea that Gov. Scott Walker is standing up for hard-working Wisconsinites and offering real reforms,” wrote Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “All that Democrats have left to offer are political stunts and the desire to take us back to the same failed policies of yesterday.”

So, helping “hard-working Wisconsinites” by passing a right-to-work law that helped his state lose 10,000 jobs? By busting unions that protect worker’s rights?

If these are the so-called “reforms” he offers Wisconsinites, then he may as well sit down. Walker is going to be up for reelection in 2018, so let’s hope he’ll be forced to look for a new job then.

Nelson ran for Congress last year, but lost to Republican Mike Gallagher, who voted for the AHCA. Let’s hope he decides to give Walker a run for his money.

In the video below, the governor and Tom Nelson clash over the AHCA.

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Screengrab courtesy of Today’s TMJ4/YouTube

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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