Powerline: Donald Trump’s attacks on Scott Walker prove he’s no Republican


In a new column for PowerlineBlog, John Hinderaker takes Donald Trump to task for his recent attacks on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s record, saying they prove the billionaire is neither Republican or conservative.

It’s not unusual for presidential candidates from the same party to call each other out, but Hinderaker says Trump’s arguments come straight out of the Democratic Party’s talking points. Even those who aren’t among Walker’s supporters acknowledge that his conservative reforms to cut state spending and end the political influence of powerful unions is a model for the GOP. “This is the kind of smear the Democrats perpetrate against Walker, but why would any Republican join them? This, too, is straight out of the left-wing playbook,” Hinderaker said.

Trump has leveled some pointed attacks on Walker, accusing him of leaving the state in “turmoil” and saying the state’s roads, schools, and hospitals were a “disaster.” Trump also said “The other guys running, the Republicans — they protect each other.”

Hinderaker jumped on that statement. “So the ‘other guys running’ are ‘the Republicans.’ Not Trump. He’s no Republican, by his own acknowledgement. Nor is he a conservative,” he said. “Scott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative.”

You can read more of Hinderaker’s column by clicking here to visit PowerLineBlog.com.


About Victor Medina

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of WhenLiberalsAttack.com, and his other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, Cinelinx.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. He is a member of the leadership team of the Cafe con Leche Republicans. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at vic@victormedina.com.