Eau Claire (WQOW) – Thursday was the first day of the NFL season, and a national movement has trickled down into Wisconsin politics.
Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers visited local supporters in Eau Claire on Thursday, with candidate for lieutenant governor, Mandela Barnes. Barnes sent out a tweet in January that read, “Take a knee.” On Thursday, Governor Scott Walker responded to the tweet, writing, “Tony Evers’ running mate says ‘Take a knee.’ Does Evers share that belief or does he believe that everyone should STAND UP for the national anthem out of respect for our Veterans and service members?”
Mandela responded, “Yeah. Donald Trump didn’t know the words to the national anthem. That’s what I was tweeting about.”
Evers didn’t get the chance to respond during his campaign stop on Thursday. However, later that day, Evers released this response:
“I am proud to stand for the national anthem, and I am proud to respect our first amendment rights to peacefully protest. Scott Walker wants to distract and divide us–anything to avoid talking about his record. That’s why we need a change. As governor I will work every day to bring people together and tackle the issues facing Wisconsin families all over our state.”
Evers was in Eau Claire to share his plans to put Wisconsin families first. He said he is going to ask for $600 million for student with disabilities, and more money for after school programming and 4-year-old kindergarten.
Evers said this part of the state is important for his win in November.