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Saturday, December 10, 2016

UPDATE: Right Wing News’ John Hawkins now says he transcribed the interview incorrectly, and Governor Walker never claimed to have voted for Ronald Reagan.

“All I can do at this point is apologize for the error,” Hawkins writes. “This was our mistake and it was very unfair to Scott Walker, who is catching flack because of an honest error on our part.”

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (R), who once said that voter fraud accounts for “one or two points” in state elections, might actually know more about it than we thought.

Blogging Blue, based in Wisconsin, notes an interview in which Walker told Right Wing News of his admiration and support for former president Ronald Reagan.

“I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan – limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense,” Walker said. “You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you.”

Considering, however, that Scott Walker was born on November 2, 1967 according to several biographies – he celebrated his 43rd birthday on the same day he won the Wisconsin gubernatorial election in 2010 – he could not have legally voted in either of the two elections won by Reagan.

Reagan was first elected president on November 4, 1980 – two days after Walker’s 13th birthday – and again on November 6, 1984, four days after Walker turned 17. Thus, he would have had to commit voter fraud to cast a vote in either election.

So either the governor is guilty of the very same crime he has long accused Democrats of trying to cover up, or he’s just a liar.

This is not the first time Walker has been tied to accusations of voter fraud; in 2012, a canvasser was suspected of committing fraud on his behalf during Wisconsin’s 2012 recall election. 

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