Scott Walker joined Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday.
The Wisconsin Governor answered questions ranging from foreign policy to securing the border.
Following the interview, numerous headlines suggested Scott Walker was gung-ho about making our northern border a little more pronounced.
An Associated Press wire story written by Kevin Freking reported, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting a new twist on the topic of securing the border, a staple among the GOP candidates running for president, by pointing north.”
Written to imply Walker introduced the idea of a Canadian border wall as part of a discussion on immigration enforcement, that’s simply not the case. Chuck Todd introduced the idea and asked Walker if he’d build a northern wall.
“Why are we always talking about the southern border and building a fence there, we don’t talk about our northern border,” said Chuck Todd. “If this is about securing the border from Mus– securing the border from potentially terrorists coming over, do you want to build a wall north of the border too?”
“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire, they’ve raised some very legitimate concerns including some law enforcement folks who brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago, so that is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” Walker responded.
Though he didn’t refute the idea outright, Walker didn’t explicitly advocate for a wall to keep out northern crossers.
And yet, headlines:
The AP article concluded by attaching Governor Walker’s comments to those Donald Trump made regarding the southern border:
Billionaire Donald Trump is riding the issue of illegal immigration to the top of the Republican presidential primary polls. He has said he would make Mexico pay for completing a permanent wall along the border. He also says he would also end automatic citizenship for those born in the United States, a right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that was originally added to grant citizenship to freed slaves and their descendants after the Civil War. His positions appear to have pushed rivals to also take strong stands on immigration.
Walker, at one point, echoed Trump’s call for ending birthright citizenship, but later said he’s against any such repeal.
A less than stellar response, a well crafted AP wire story, et voila, crisis created.
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