Scott Walker Just Signed a Bill to Weaken the Powers of the In-Coming Democratic Governor and Used a Questionable Chart to Claim It's Really NBD
Outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) used a Venn diagram to downplay his party's post-election stripping of the incoming Democratic governor's powers. Unfortunately, Walker doesn't seem to understand Venn diagrams.
Walker on Friday signed a bill into law limiting the executive authority of Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-Elect Josh Kaul. At the heart of the debacle is a promise Evers made during the campaign that he would withdraw the state from a lawsuit challenging Obamacare.
"The law will limit the governor’s ability to pass administrative rules and block him from killing a provision that would impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients," Reuters reported. "In addition, the legislation will allow legislators, rather than the attorney general, to decide whether to withdraw the state from lawsuits."
Additionally, some of these powers will be transferred to the Republican-controlled state legislature.
On Friday afternoon, Walker held an event in Green Bay where he claimed that his election four years ago supersedes the results of the midterms in November.
Walker dismissed the opposition as “hype and hysteria."
“The will of the voters four years ago was to elect me to a term that ends January 7th,” Walker said. "So I don’t stop, even though the media treats an election as though that’s the end of a term. It’s not.”
At the event, Walker presented a Venn diagram to better explain why he believes his party is not intentionally subverting democracy but got the entire concept wrong.
“No matter what I do, these things remain consistent...he (@Tony4WI) will still have executive power.” ~@GovWalker… https://t.co/8v7cBnf0G8— Katie Crowther (@Katie Crowther) 1544810806.0
Venn diagrams are supposed to have commonalities in the center and differences in the outer bubbles. And based on the legislation that now bears Walker's signature, the graph is simply not true.
Naturally, Twitter had a field day.
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 ~@GovWalker: That's not how Venn Diagrams work.— Pat B (@Pat B) 1544813507.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 That's not how this works...— k!thyell!ott (@k!thyell!ott) 1544817060.0
@KtCrowther @CharlesBenson4 @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 So what’s the difference? Where’s that slide?— Bill Berra (@Bill Berra) 1544819455.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 Did no one in the governor’s office pass 3rd grade? No one saw that, and sai… https://t.co/IwBbtfF6Az— Maggie the Nerdmom (@Maggie the Nerdmom) 1544817842.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 Venn diagrams: how do they work?— Individual-Pun (@Individual-Pun) 1544815541.0
@KtCrowther @GovWalker Thats not how venns work you utter imbecil.— jav (@jav) 1544816311.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 The fucker has no idea what a Venn diagram is or how it works....— Chris M (@Chris M) 1544818302.0
Nobody believes Walker anyway.
He must think Wisconsinites are stupid.
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 @GovWalker, Question. Does @Tony4WI now have the SAME or LESS power than you… https://t.co/cz1Zm9CPVz— Kenneth W. Smith (@Kenneth W. Smith) 1544818802.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 "I'm proud to sign this legislation into law, which as you can clearly see by… https://t.co/UgxEpIgES4— fundamental flaw⚛️ (@fundamental flaw⚛️) 1544815858.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 Walker is full of shit, and what he is saying defies common sense. If what he… https://t.co/2mrgGfHWjb— Laurie K. 🇺🇸 (@Laurie K. 🇺🇸) 1544819574.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 actually the correct would be he dem circle INSIDE the rep circle as he has l… https://t.co/ab3Ultzmla— Democratsaint (@Democratsaint) 1544818641.0
@KtCrowther @Tony4WI @GovWalker @tmj4 No it is not. He is an *sshole who presumes Wisconsin constituents are idiot… https://t.co/IjAMSHQV6G— GN (@GN) 1544818665.0
Evers said on Friday that he and the Democratic minority are “reviewing our options," including potential legal action.
“Wisconsinites deserve a government that works for them, and they deserve their officials to be willing to set aside partisanship and political ambitions,” Evers said at a press conference.