MADISON, Wis. — Welcome to “Knives Out”— Rebecca Kleefisch’s favorite phrase and a weekly roundup of the infighting between the radical Republicans running for Wisconsin governor.

The GOP is locked in a heated and brutal primary for governor, where Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Ramthun, and Tim Michels are each trying to prove they are the most divisive candidate in the race. What’s going on in the Republican Party is so outrageous, it’s hard to keep track of all of their blunders — so here is a roundup:

Who Said It?

Can you guess who said the following?

“Donald Trump, he had a rally. And I think there was 60,000 people there. And in the end, I forget I don’t know how many 3,000 or 5,000 storm the Capitol. So I haven’t seen any evidence that Donald Trump said, ‘Go to the Capitol now and storm it.’ I don’t think he would have done that.”

Scroll to the end of this newsletter for the answer.

Michels Flips on Original Non-Endorsement of Trump in 2024

Tim Michels made headlines on Monday night at the WISN town hall:

Yes, it appeared that the Trump endorsed candidate didn’t commit to endorsing Trump in 2024. And we know that Trump doesn’t like when a candidate isn’t all MAGA.

It didn’t take long before someone, we can only guess who, got to Tim:

Tim might be blaming the “liberal media,” but what probably happened is that Tim Michels was very, very wrong to believe there was no “quid pro quo” when Trump endorsed him.

Ultimately, it just goes to show that an endorsement from Trump means one thing: you are in Trump’s pocket and must be as radical as possible. The priorities of Wisconsinites come second to Donald Trump. Doesn’t seem like a great message for someone running to be Wisconsin’s next governor.

Michels Goes Negative on Kleefisch

“When politicians are shocked to find themselves losing, they go negative out of desperation.”
– Tim Michels, July 6, 2022.

That’s not the only thing Michels flipped on this week. After saying at the same town hall that he had never run a negative ad on the campaign – Michels seems to be doing just that.

According to the AP: “Days after saying that running negative ads is ‘just bad policy’ and that politicians who do it are ‘losing,’ the Wisconsin Republican candidate for governor backed by Donald Trump has launched his first attack ad against his primary opponent.”

“We’re The Mythbusters”

Rebeeca Kleefisch is giving herself a new title in her quest to take away reproductive rights and the ability to make one’s own health care decisions:

“I would also wrap resources around moms who are facing unexpected pregnancies to assure that they have the empathy and the compassion, but also the resources they need in order to feel comfortable making the decision that is best for them under the circumstances. But one thing that I don’t think women should have to choose between is something that Democrats have been telling me and my daughters our entire lives, which is if there is an unexpected pregnancy, you must choose between the life of the baby and your own success. It is the most anti feminist thing I have ever heard. And it is a myth. And we’re the MythBusters.”

Of course, because it’s Rebecca Kleefisch, there are a few inconsistencies here.

She literally wants to take someone’s ability to make a decision by forcing them to give birth.

Also, if you are spreading lies about abortion…You probably aren’t a mythbuster.

Sheriff Endorsing Kleefisch Active In Oath Keepers-esque Group

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, who appears in an ad for Rebecca Kleefisch, is a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and supportive of a “growing ‘constitutional sheriffs’ movement.” According to the Journal Sentinel, the group is “similar to the Oath Keepers, which encourages members to refuse to enforce laws that they believe are unconstitutional.”

Cozying up to extremists is sadly not out of the ordinary for Kleefisch. In January, Kleefisch spoke in front of a flag from the Three Percenters, an extremist group that advocates for overthrowing democracy and has been associated with the Capitol insurrection.

“Who Said It” Answer Revealed 

This was Tim Michels at the WISN Town Hall on Monday. Let’s break down some of his comments:

“And I think there was 60,000 people there. And in the end, I forget I don’t know how many 3,000 or 5,000 storm the Capitol.” 

It’s amazing how dismissive this comment is, given the five people who died as a result of the attack, and the damage that was done to our democracy and our nation’s Capitol. It seems the only non peaceful transfer of power in the history of our country, aside from the Civil War, is no big deal for the “patriot” Michels.

“So I haven’t seen any evidence that Donald Trump said, ‘Go to the Capitol now and storm it.’ I don’t think he would have done that.” 

Not only is there a congressional committee devoted to investigating what happened on January 6 and the role of the disgraced former president on that day, you can hear below where Trump says: “we’re going to walk down to the Capitol.”

“I don’t think he would have done that.” 

Well, it seems that we know exactly where Tim Michels lies: with Republican extremism instead of democracy, the rule of law, and the integrity of the right to vote.

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