Wisconsin voters sure got it right when they kicked Walker to the curb.
I noted Tuesday that Walker played the fool by praising Trump's nearly-universally condemned staging of an obscene photo op, but because Walker's in the cult he had to double-down on Twitter this morning by retweeting the White House's latest Orwellian spin on what the whole world saw:
@ScottWalker 1h FACT CHECK: NO tear gas was used to clear people from Lafayette Park on Mon. Nat Park Service report: violent protestors threw bricks, frozen water bottles & caustic liquids. Police found glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden in area. Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken....govTeam Trump is contending that the mixture of smoke and pepper gas devices released to attack the gathering was not tear gas, splitting hairs over the definition of 'tear gas' - a semantical distinction which means nothing to people who got airborne disabling agents blown into their eyes, noses and mouths.
Or, tear gas.
Which is what the professionals call it, because the phrase is in common use:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.”
And, according to the CDC, “several different compounds” fall under this definition, and are employed by security forces, including military and police, in riot control situations.Which is why this headline was accurate:
Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-OpAnd speaking of tear and the truth, the Walker-Trump ridiculous denial in the face of such dangerous behavior would be asking a pew mate someone at a funeral for a kleenex, and being told, 'Sorry, I don't have a kleenex. All I have is a thin, folded, non-scented-off-brand-pocket-sized-single-use absorbent tissue paper square.'
Walker's initial defense of what Trump had done to American citizens so he could play dictator Don was bad enough, but keeping the story and imagery alive in the face of rational condemnation in defense of the constitution validates what Wisconsin voters decided in November, 2018 when they took away his incumbency: Walker was never a leader -
- and his moment is over.