Scott Walker claims he never said what he definitely said about U.S. – Canada wall

Wisconsin Governor and balding frat boy Scott Walker is trying to Etch-A-Sketch a particularly embarrassing rhetorical fumble.

Last week, Chuck Todd asked Walker a question about building a wall near the Mexican border, and wondered why we never talk about securing the northern border with Canada.

Walker answered him back, saying that northern border security was an issue that people did talk to him about. When it comes to building a wall between the United States and Canada, Walker called that a “legitimate issue for us to look at.”

Over the course of the next few days, the Internet went after Walker mercilessly, making fun of the Governor for taking his immigration policy straight out of Game of Thrones, among other things:


Far be it from me to defend Scott Walker — though we share the same last name, our views on issues couldn’t be stretched further apart — but to be completely fair, the governor did not fully advocate a wall between us and Canada. He just said it was something worth looking at.

But this week Walker turned a few heads when he pretended the entire episode never happened, saying on Fox News that “I’ve never talked about a wall at the north, I’m certainly not now. That’s just what happens when things get run amok.”

Walker is right that people conflated being open to considering building a wall on the Canadian border with outright support for building a wall on the Canadian border. But he absolutely did talk about it. Why else would he have something to clarify?

It’s like when you ask your friend out for lunch. If you say to them, “Hey, do you want pizza or burgers?” and they answer, “Let me think about it,” you had a conversation about pizza.

That friend didn’t technically advocate for or even say they wanted pizza. But they did have a conversation about it, and they did imply that they were open to the idea of pizza.

The same holds true for Walker’s comments. He didn’t expressly advocate for building a wall between Canada and the U.S. But he did say he was open to the idea, that it wasn’t out of the question.

Walker’s comments following the melee suggest that he never had that sort of conversation with Todd. The governor says that he was responding to a question about personnel on the border, not about building a wall.

”[Chuck Todd] raised a question about personnel for the federal government assisting people in those counties along the northern borders of the United States. He talked about personnel, and I said it’s a legitimate issue to look to make sure that there’s enough staff working with those local law enforcement professionals.”

That’s simply not true. Todd asked directly, “Do you want to build a wall north of the border?”

And Walker said, “that is a legitimate issue.”

Scott Walker, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Scott Walker, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

This is a common practice for Walker. His political style often comes with a double-dose of Orwellian double-speak and consistently changes what he means when what he previously stated doesn’t suit his needs.

For example, on Wisconsin’s jobs performance under his watch, monthly estimates were showing that Walker’s pledge to create 250,000 jobs wasn’t coming close to holding up. So Walker said that we had to go to the “gold standard” of job measurements and wait for the quarterly numbers, which did show an improvement, albeit a slower growth than the rest of the nation.

But after those numbers started to waver, it turned out that they were the ones that were unreliable, and that the monthly estimates he once derided were fine to use again.

Whether it’s monthly job numbers or walls with Canada, numbers are numbers and facts are facts: Walker had a conversation with NBC’s Chuck Todd about building a wall between the U.S. and Canada. Walker answered the question, saying it wasn’t entirely out of the question. He can say whatever he wants now, but it won’t change what he said last week.


Chris Walker has been a political writer for more than ten years, contributing freelance opinion pieces to several online publications as well as managing his own blog, Political Heat, for more than six years. With a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, Chris tries to bring a unique angle to every article he produces, including Millennial perspectives on the issues he's covering. Chris resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and proudly owns both a cheesehead and stock in the Green Bay Packers.

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11 Responses to “Scott Walker claims he never said what he definitely said about U.S. – Canada wall”

  1. ComradeRutherford says:

    “desperate to say anything he thinks will help him”

    So, he’s no different than any other conservative…

  2. ComradeRutherford says:

    But if he stood by what he said, and didn’t contradict himself depending on the current audience of that moment, then he wouldn’t be a Conservative and therefor would not be seen as a credible candidate by his fellow conservatives.

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  4. maildude39 says:

    Especially if Walker ever does become President!

  5. mark_in_toronto says:

    Hey . . . I think it’s a great idea.
    Keep those gun and violence loving Americans out of Canada.

  6. BeccaM says:

    Scott Walker is a pandering ass-weasel who is desperate to say anything he thinks will help him win the primaries. Xenophobia is all the rage with the Republican party these days, and fearing non-Americans is such an unbounded and nebulous concept, they have no particular reason to rule out anybody, not even Canadians.

    As is usual for GOPer candidates, Walker doesn’t explain how he plans to cut taxes AND pay for all these expensive, grandiose (and aggressively stupid) proposals.

  7. dcinsider says:

    I believe Canada will pay for the wall to keep Americans out!

  8. Hue-Man says:

    “Asked in an interview on NBC if he wanted to build a wall on the Canadian border, the Wisconsin governor cited his experience talking to voters “including some law enforcement folks” in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the Republican primaries. Such people, he said, were concerned about terrorists potentially crossing over from Canada.

    “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago,” Walker said. “So that is a
    legitimate issue for us to look at.” ”

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/30/scott-walker-canada-border-wall-immigration-terrorists

    1. Rather than saying Yes he wanted to build a wall, he relies with hearsay. There is even a probability greater than 1% that someone at some town hall meeting was concerned about terrorists crossing over to the U.S. from Canada – just like all those 9/11 terrorists weren’t really admitted to the U.S. directly and entered the U.S. from Canada. NOT

    2. Intellectual lightweight. I hope he doesn’t hear someone else say “We should make sure our nuclear bombs work properly by dropping a few on Chicago”!

    3. Weasel.

    US-Mexico border = 1,933 miles. Alaska-Canada border (Yukon and B.C.) = 1,538 miles. Continental US-Canada border = 3,987 miles.

  9. Indigo says:

    Whatta maroon!

  10. 2karmanot says:

    It’s serious! Sara can see Canada from her house!

  11. noGOP says:

    I would like to hear what chuck Toad says about the conversation.

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