Top Scott Walker Fundraiser Calls Donald Trump ‘DumbDumb’
A fundraiser for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign called Donald Trump“DumbDumb” in a fundraising invitation and said electing the New York developer would be “a total and complete disaster for the country.”
“As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls,” wrote Walker fundraiser Gregory Slayton, a New Hampshire venture capitalist who served as consul general to Bermuda during the George W. Bush administration. “He’s also a plain spoken member of the 99% (as opposed to someone pretending to be so)…and that will be a KSF in 2016.”
(KSF is apparently a reference to the phrase “key success factor.”)
Mr. Slayton’s email invited his political network to fundraisers Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn., and at the Union League Club in New York City. His email indicated Mr. Walker will also hold “a foreign policy oriented breakfast” Thursday morning in New York.
Reached by phone Friday, Mr. Slayton said Mr. Trump is not as smart as Mr. Walker.
“I didn’t mean that to be public but obviously I stand behind it,” Mr. Slayton said. “Look, this is a great country. Guys who are not that smart can get rich, it’s wonderful. But Donald Trump is not going to be president of the United States ever, period, end of story.”
Mr. Slayton added: “To elect someone who alienates his friends, the guy would be a total and complete disaster for the country and I think everybody admits that.”
Mr. Slayton’s characterization of Mr. Trump as “DumbDumb” comes after his candidate has spent recent weeks carefully avoiding criticizing the New York developer’s incendiary language about Mexican immigrants. The Wisconsin governor did denounce Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Sen. John McCain, who served five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was not a war hero.
Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, predicted Mr. Walker will not stand for his supporters questioning Mr. Trump’s intellect.
“Gov. Walker is a good guy and he would not condone such type of negative thinking about the leading presidential candidate in the GOP field,” Mr. Lewandowski said. “I’m sure he will quickly denounce Mr. Slayton and his rhetoric.”
The Walker campaign didn’t immediately comment on Mr. Slayton’s remarks.
Walker spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said: “Americans are frustrated with the direction of our country and we owe them a positive conversation about how we move forward together. With that in mind, the governor is going to talk about what he is for and not against and would encourage others to do the same.”