Scott Walker flips on birthright citizenship, now doggedly agnostic

Earlier this week, Scott Walker was one of the first Republicans to jump headfirst into the Donald Trump bandwagon opposing birthright citizenship.

At some point between then and now, he may have had a chat with the Kochs, his arch-conservative and pro-immigration reform sugar daddies. After quick and not-so-careful reflection, Walker has now decided to not take a position on the issue. Even though he already has. From CNBC:

Days after seeming to echo Donald Trump‘s call for ending birthright citizenship, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday said he isn’t for or against the idea.

“I’m not taking a position on it one way or the other,” the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful said. Only after securing America’s borders, he explained, is it appropriate to address the issue of birthright citizenship.

Walker had previously called his plan “very similar” to Trump’s, displaying similar support for a big border wall (to go with a similar lack of understanding about basic foreign policy issues relating to big border walls). And ending birthright citizenship is one of the core features of Trump’s “very similar” immigration plan. Trump has spent much of this week talking about the scourge of “anchor babies,” who he maintains aren’t citizens, and that we should amend the Constitution to declare them not-citizens, since those positions aren’t contradictory at all.

Oh, and here’s Walker on video saying we should end birthright citizenship:

In the wake of being called out for his obvious reversal, Walker took to Twitter to explain why he is so sure that he’s not sure about birthright citizenship:


Fine, reiterate your position that immigration is bad and we should deport people. But even Jeb Bush was willing to imply that, in his perfect world, after doing all of those things, he’d wave his magic wand and tweak birthright citizenship out of the 14th Amendment. It’s a presidential campaign. You’re allowed — nay, supposed — to speak in ideals. And you’re certainly allowed to say that birthright citizenship is a good or bad idea, regardless as to whether you think there are other things we should do first.

But to emphatically state your opinion that you have no opinion is laughably cowardly. Especially when you can draw such a straight line between your non-position and the position of the donors who are making your campaign possible.

But this isn’t the fun part. The fun part is going to be when Donald Trump calls. Walker. out. for being a classless, weak-in-the-knees puppet who’s willing to say and do whatever the Kochs tell him in order to become Pre$ident of the United $tate$.

And he’ll have a point.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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11 Responses to “Scott Walker flips on birthright citizenship, now doggedly agnostic”

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  3. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, I don’t believe for a minute that Walker has no opinion on this. He said that very same thing in Wisconsin when the legislature wanted to push through the “Right to Work” bill (AKA the “Right to be Screwed” bill). He stated that it was not a priority and should be put on the back burner. A month later, he signed it into law.

    I think it’s no secret that he is a duplicitous little cretin and can’t be believed, no matter what he says. I would look out the window to verify a sunny sky if he told me told me that he saw the sun. He can’t be trusted about even the simplest of things.

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  6. MoonDragon says:

    How far back does one have to go before being considered to be an American citizen. My grandparents (all four) emigrated to the US when all one needed was the price of a steerage ticket; enough liquid assets to live for a week (month?) upon arrival; and no evidence of communicable diseases, obvious mental defects, or demonstrable criminal connections. Neither of my grandmothers obtained citizenship. Both of my grandfathers were dead before I was born, but I’m pretty sure my maternal grandfather was never naturalized. Does that mean neither of my parents were citizens, and by extension, my own birthright citizenship is to be called into question? To all the Republicans pushing any form of this drivel, we know what you’re up to. By redefining what it means to qualify for citizenship, you are trying to limit the pool of eligible voters to those groups you can fool with your con jobs. And just to make it clear how far this could conceivably go, remember, Fat Tony once opined that the Founders (blessed be their names and the glory of The Lord be upon them) didn’t consider women to be persons. And prohibition, the amendment just preceding the one granting women’s suffrage, was repealed. And, since women vote disproportionately Democratic, at some point we will be the targets.

  7. Thom Allen says:

    Doesn’t Walker have ANY advisers who can just tell him to STFU until they can tell him what to say that will cause the test amount of damage to his campaign? Or does he just not listen to them?

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  10. BeccaM says:

    Xenophobia is the red meat the GOP base demands, especially for immigrants (documented or otherwise) whose skin isn’t lily-white.

    However, BigAg, the service and restaurant industries, and the tech sector just LOVE access to people who will work under lousy conditions and for shit wages. And thanks to the GOPer’s love-child, Citizen’s United, money is even more important than the primary votes from the mouth-breather contingent.

    But anyway, Walker has always been a weaselly, cowardly, pandering asshat. He’d sell his own mother to the Soylent Green Cracker Company in exchange for a campaign donation.

    That all said, I’d be careful about concluding these GOPers couldn’t really follow through on their blatantly unconstitutional proposals. They’ve long since been of the position that the law is whatever they say it is — to the point of making war crimes and torture “legal.”

  11. dommyluc says:

    Holy FSM, he’s such a fucking clueless turd.

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