I earlier jumped too swiftly down the path of placing the incident Walker mentions as definitely in Hudson, WI.
I’ll be asking a few more questions to confirm what I’ve been hearing from people. The post content and title has been corrected. However, I do still say that Walker lied about this incident.
It’s just another dreary day in Wisconsin, here. Not exactly anything new going on.
Just the same old same old: yet another flat out ludicrous obvious lie in Walker’s soon-to-be released book entitled Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.
This time it’s an allegation that protesters surrounded Scott Walker’s car outside of a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
in Hudson, Wisconsin and “began beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle” and then a truck drove up to block its exit on Mar 15, 2011. Both Politico and FOX say this occurred not long after Walker announced he was removing collective bargaining rights from public workers through radical austerity legislation.
“As we prepared to leave, the state troopers saw that the protesters had physically blocked the entrance we had used to come onto the property. So they turned the squad car around and headed toward the other exit. We watched in disbelief as the throng of people rushed toward the second exit to block our path,” writes Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
“As we tried to pull out, they surrounded the car and began beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle. Just as we extricated ourselves from their grip, a truck pulled up and blocked our path, playing a game of chicken with the troopers. They turned the lights and sirens on warning them to get out of the way. Eventually he backed up, and we sped off,” he continued.
This is a lie.
First, during those turbulent days, people like me were watching social media continually and would not have remained ignorant of such an event for more than a few hours. There would have been no way for somebody to keep that kind of dramatic event a secret.
Secondly, no corporate news reports can be located to back up this allegation. Laura Clawson has already done the research on that – LINK.
Thirdly, video from the visit I believe the book refers to* shows protesters kept across the street from the site in question with plenty of police presence there to ensure distance was kept. This was standard procedure for the time.
You can watch the video for yourself here:
Video comes from NBC KARE 11: Wis. governor travels to Hudson among protesters
If I was a conspiracy-minded person I’d think Walker wrote this book just to keep us busy refuting all the lies in it. Feel free to buy it if that’s your thing and get right on it! It’s out on Tuesday November 19th.
If you can’t stomach throwing any cash at that corporate puppet, I understand – and I have a better option. Pick up the non-fiction photo book by the truly unintimidated people around here: the courageous citizens of the Solidarity Sing Along – –
Unintimidated: Wisconsin Sings Truth to Power
*More research is needed.