Following Donald Trump’s official nomination as the Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election, Gov. Scott Walker spoke at the Republican National Convention endorsing Trump Wednesday evening.
Walker’s mantra of the night was “America deserves better,” stating that a vote for anyone other than Trump would be a vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Walker emphasized that Republicans cannot hold out for a different candidate four years down the road, and instead must support Trump now.
“The consequences are too great,” Walker said. “After hearing the FBI’s report a few weeks ago, heck I listened to that and I wouldn’t even give Hillary Clinton the password to my iPhone, let alone access to highly classified information.”
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Beyond just the presidency, Walker also pointed to the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court. He implied that the power balance of the Supreme Court for the next 30 years relies on this election. The president nominates new Supreme Court justices and three are expected to retire over the next decade.
Walker did not address specific qualities that make Trump fit for president, other than the fact that he is not Clinton.
Instead, Walker demonstrated his support by illustrating the alignment of his and Trump’s values through a series of “we believe” statements. The statements included agreeing the national government should do everything within its power to extinguish radical Islamic terrorism, support the nation’s troops both abroad and once they return home and to return the power of Washington, D.C. back to state and local governments.
Walker asserted Trump’s candidacy is a stand against the “liberal Washington insiders” — much like how Walker beat liberal Washington, D.C. insiders’ trial when he overcame the protests and his recall election after the passage of Act 10 in Wisconsin in 2010, he said.
“The simple truth is, liberal Washington insiders created our problems, and Hillary Clinton is the ultimate liberal Washington insider,” Walker said. “[And that] is why we need to support Donald Trump and Mike Pence to be the next president and vice president of the United States.”