Former GOP Wisconsin Gov. Turns Off Camera Mid-Interview After Anderson Cooper Calls Out His Hypocrisy
Protests overtook Kenosha, Wisconsin after the shooting of James Blake, a Black American, by police. The unrest was exacerbated when 17 year old Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people, wounding a third.
Rittenhouse was permitted by police to leave the scene but was arrested at his home in Illinois the following day.
Wisconsin's Republican former governor, Scott Walker, attempted to blame the development on Democrats, claiming Democratic local leaders refused assistance from the federal government. Walker chastised them, saying
Walker was asked if he though Joe Biden supported anarchy after Walker accused the Democratic nominee of silence in regards to the murders by Rittenhouse:
"No, but silence is complicit...We haven't heard a word from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and others about the rioting."
In a later interview with CNN, host Anderson Cooper noted that Trump and his officials have yet to address the shooting of Jacob Blake, and asked why Walker's standard didn't apply to them.
Watch Scott Walker turn off his camera and cut short a CNN interview as Anderson Cooper presses him on the absurdity of trying to blame Joe Biden for civil unrest in Trump's America pic.twitter.com/D3Gpw7yLiq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 27, 2020
"You've said 'silence is complicity' on the Democrats' part. The President has not even addressed the shooting of Mr. Blake. I understand there's an ongoing investigation and it's very important that that investigation—because for all we know, circumstances may arise that would more fully inform everybody's opinion about what happened, because we would know what preceded this or what was in the officers' minds."
As Cooper spoke, Walter moved closer to the camera and appeared to turn it off, deserting the interview.
While Walker may have escaped the airwaves, he didn't escape the ire of the internet.
Scott Walker, whose 2016 campaign autobiography was titled Unintimidated, gets a tough question from @CNN's Anderson Cooper and... appears to turn off the video link.pic.twitter.com/Q2KQKV64Ic
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) August 28, 2020
Scott Walker canceled himself. That's hilarious. What a ❄ https://t.co/TKrtRKYSxn
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) August 28, 2020
Seriously, the men of the Trump Republican Party are the biggest bunch of weenies and weaklings we've ever seen in American politics. Their political godfather, Joe McCarthy, was a swaggering man's man compared to this bunch of quivering little boys. https://t.co/TavDzVRwsE
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 27, 2020
Scott Walker is too stupid to answer a basic question so he just turns off the camera. Just perfect @ScottWalker https://t.co/SAU9GVfyHj
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) August 28, 2020
This man has been in Wisconsin politics for 30 years and he just turns off his camera mid-interview when @andersoncooper applies just a bit of pressure on him. Amazing. https://t.co/yzJPXaGaV5
— mila mimica (@MilaMimica1) August 28, 2020
The action made people shudder to think what would have happened if Scott hadn't lost his gubernatorial bid in 2018.
Just think what would be happening if this guy was governor right now https://t.co/STX4QvUzxX
— Bill Scher (@billscher) August 28, 2020
Scott Walker just turned off his feed during this interview? He was a governor? https://t.co/phHtsU460R
— abigailtracy (@abigailtracy) August 28, 2020