NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—As Democrats hope to capitalize on President Trump’s unpopularity in crucial governor races and build upon the energy apparent this week at congressional town halls across the country, Republican governors are working to paint Trump’s opposition as too far of a lurch back to the left.
The RGA promoted a video this week that showed New Jersey Democrat Phil Murphy comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler, and it previously targeted Tom Perriello of Virginia for calling Trump a “political and constitutional September 11.”
RGA Chair Scott Walker, who could seek a third term next year as governor of Wisconsin, followed up on that theme in his remarks here at CPAC Thursday morning. He mentioned “stories I see these days around the country where protesters come en masse to try to disrupt public meetings. Where angry mobs come to college campuses and try to to stop people from speaking.”
Referring to the 2011 protests in his state against public union collective bargaining reform and the 2012 recall election, Walker said “been there, seen that” and that he “wasn’t going to let the noise of the protesters drown out the voices of the majority of people who elected us.”
Walker’s presence alone underscored his point: He survived, so will Republicans.
— Zach C. Cohen