Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s former Republican Governor, tweeted a picture of himself wearing jeans on Wednesday in solidarity with Denim Day, an international campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault.
“In support of sexual assault victims, I’m wearing jeans on
#DenimDay,” Walker wrote.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) April 24, 2019
People are not buying it.
Walker’s emphatic endorsement of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate undermines his support for survivors of sexual assault. Nearly two dozen women have alleged that Trump acted inappropriately with them.
You backed Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. Go put on some khakis. https://t.co/Bfcjo3c4mx
— Fiddler (@cFidd) April 24, 2019
Just not the 25 who accused the president. Or those that accused Kavanugh. Or Roy Moore.
Or any woman that’s ever accused any conservative.
— Jimmy "occasionally stodgy” Van Heste (@Lawdog1521) April 24, 2019
But that did not stop Walker from jumping on the Trump train.
“Absolutely,” he said, when asked in 2016 if he backs Trump, who had just earned the Republican nomination for president.
“I said on this stage almost a year ago August 6th of last year that any of the Republicans running would be better than Hillary Clinton,” referring to the party’s first debate at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. “Obviously Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice. I was my first choice. As you mentioned I supported Ted in the primary of Wisconsin. But I meant what I said last year. Any of the Republicans running was infinitely better than Hillary Clinton. And obviously Donald Trump is our nominee. And he’s better than Hillary Clinton.”
More recently, Walker’s refusal to offer an opinion on Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court Justice accused of multiple instances of sexual assault, destroys his credibility on this issue.
Maybe you should have supported sexual assault victims by not supporting Brett Kavanaugh, hamface.
— Nick Tacik, PhD 🍞🌹 (@nick_tacik) April 24, 2019
Walker declined to say whether Kavanaugh should have been confirmed to the Court, even after the emotionally charged Senate testimony of one accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, stirred the nation. Instead, he encouraged the Senate to take Kavanaugh’s experience as a jurist into account.
“I said a week or two ago when the issue first came up that I thought the members of the United States Senate should treat that seriously, I hope that they do,” Walker said. “I haven’t been privy to the FBI report nor been a part of the hearings or watched them, but certainly he’s got the experience, I hope they take that seriously. But that’s not what I’m elected to do, it’s up to the members of the United States Senate.”
Walker’s “abysmal” record as governor is quite telling as well.
“Walker repealed Wisconsin’s Healthy Youth Act, which guaranteed that all sex education curriculum in our schools was comprehensive, age-appropriate, and scientifically accurate. He has limited access to contraceptives and other women’s health services.”
— Doug (@dougthinks) April 24, 2019
“Walker championed defunding Planned Parenthood, forcing the closure of five rural health clinics and leaving many women without access to family planning services, vital cancer screenings, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.”
— Doug (@dougthinks) April 24, 2019
You smirking hypocrite. https://t.co/ao8rp991hV
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) April 24, 2019
“Walker’s actions have repeatedly undermined Wisconsin women when it comes to healthcare and economic freedom. The totality of his actions on reproductive health and women’s economic opportunity rank him as one of, if not the, worst politician in America for women,” wrote One Wisconsin Now, a non-profit that champions progressive causes in the Badger State.
“Overall, Walker’s record on policies impacting women is abysmal at best, and as he has sought to court Republican primary voters, he has increasingly highlighted the same extreme anti-choice positions he sought to hide during his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.”
Walker gets an eff for effort.
this is… literally the absolute least effort you could put into supporting sexual assault survivors.
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) April 24, 2019
In actual support of those victims, please never feign support for them again
— The Holy Spirit (@TweetOfSpirit_) April 24, 2019
Well, you did everything you possibly could have.
— Nick Amadeus (@NickAmadeus) April 24, 2019
Well it’s the least you can do…literally, this is the least you can do to support victims
— Nick (@kick_naufman) April 24, 2019
This backfired spectacularly.
You are completely clueless.
— Forever Logical 🖖 (@ForeverLogical) April 24, 2019
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 24, 2019
how does your choice of pants today help victims of sexual assault?
— Zachary Siegel (@ZachWritesStuff) April 24, 2019
Holy shit what
— DevinNunesTHEDragQueen (@NunesDrag) April 24, 2019
1) We’re called survivors
2) fuck you
— morgaine lefayle (@hktparty) April 24, 2019
Launched in 1999 by Peace Over Violence, Denim Day is an extension of Sexual Assault Awareness Month inspired an Italian Supreme Court ruling overturning a rape conviction. The Court determined that the sex was consensual because the victim was forced to remove the assailant’s jeans.
“Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it,” the group says on its website. “Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape. In this sexual violence prevention and education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses, and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.”