|Kleefisch’s call for confrontation over political differences echoes rhetoric heard in the run up to January 6th attacks and politically-motivated threats across the country. At a time when officials and experts are warning of continued threats, Kleefisch’s language does not reflect the measured temper Wisconsinites expect in their governor.
Kleefisch also continued to add fuel to conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 election, with a promise to sign all of the Republican voter suppression bills currently in the legislature if she were elected governor. With nearly every one of Trump’s post-election challenges having failed in courts across the country — including challenges to Wisconsin’s election rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court — the facts are clear: the 2020 election was free and fair, and is now over.
Kleefisch’s organization, the 1848 Project, also grabbed headlines last week when the group’s communications director compared Governor Evers to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Kleefisch has refused to denounce the comments or call for a more civil political discourse.