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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