During his telephone call with a blogger impersonating billionaire David Koch, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker explained how he considered planting provocateurs within the tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who came to the Capitol to rally in support of Wisconsin’s public employees to cause trouble (emphasis mine):
Murphy: Right, right. We’ll back you any way we can. But what we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.
Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that.
Not surprisingly, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was more than a little critical of Gov. Walker’s admission, saying, “That’s a very upsetting comment coming from the governor.” Cieslewicz added, “I’d like to hear him explain why he said that. On its face, it appears that he seriously entertained the option of actually creating a more tense situation, and that would be very significant if that were the case.”
So the next time someone on the right caterwauls about “union thugs,” just remember that it was Republican Governor Scott Walker, a hero to so many on the right, who actually considered planting provocateurs into the crowds of protesters in order to cause trouble at what have been by all accounts very peaceful rallies.