“I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to make sure the threat from Islamic terrorists will not show up on our soil,” Walker said. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Walker claimed his experience running roughshod over peacefully demonstrating nurses, firefighters, and teachers is evidence of the fortitude necessary to tackle the cutthroat terrorists of the Islamic State. This claim is even more ludicrous than if Walker had claimed to know what war is like because he had gone deer hunting and played Call of Duty a few times. Walker's remark has deservedly drawn strong criticism from writers and politicians across the conservative spectrum.
Yesterday was not even the first time in two weeks that Walker compared the 2011 Wisconsin protests to his resolve against ISIS. The National Review's Larry Kudlow published a summary of Walker's remarks at the same dinner that Rudy Giuliani questioned a sitting President's love for his country:
Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and unions at home as well as our Soviet enemies abroad. Similarly, Walker believes his stance against unions in Wisconsin would be a signal of toughness to Islamic jihadists and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
At the very least these statements suggest that Walker feels free to compare two types of adversity - civilian protesters & mass-murdering terrorists - of such completely different scale as to belie his human decency, let alone understanding of foreign policy. The fact that Walker casually equates the two groups in a sentence touting his moxie calls into serious question his fitness for duty as a potential Commander-in-Chief.
Since the comparison is so radically out of scale as to be logically and morally incongruent, why mention the two in the same sentence? Because Walker is equating his protesting constituents and the Islamic State as groups to be extirpated, whether politically or militarily. It lays bare the craven lust for power Scott Walker has displayed since taking office, the kind of lust he has repeatedly displayed by attempting to pass by legislative fiat polices that he was too cowardly to discuss when running for office. Walker comparing protesting Wisconsinites with ISIS is a profoundly unsubtle dog whistle to anti-democratic people who brook no dissenting political expression from their countrymen and view such expression as sedition.
In short, it is precisely the kind of political rhetoric ISIS itself could admire.