Tea party favorite Scott Walker receives death threats after surviving recall

The tweets seem mostly to be in jest, but the police don't see the humor.

 

Fernando Alfonso III

IRL

Published Jun 6, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 4:08 pm CDT

Wisconsin Police are investigating a flurry of death threats Tea Party-favorite Gov. Scott Walker received Tuesday after retaining his governorship.

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Walker received more than 20 death threats via Twitter after a recall vote failed to remove him from office.

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“Scott Walked needs to die,” @morganyevans tweeted, according to Twitchy, a Twitter curation site founded by conservative Michelle Malkin.

Walker stirred up controversy in 2011 when he tried to end collective bargaining by state public employee unions, ABC News reported. The move pushed Wisconsin to the edge, as more than 100,000 people descended on the state capitol in February 2011 to protest. Following the unrest, Democrats began a campaign to recall Walker, who had only taken office in January 2011.

Walker defeated his opponent Democrat Tom Barrett in the recall election, collecting 54 percent of the vote.

While many of the death threats are outlandish, Milwaukee Police are not laughing.

“All threats are handled seriously and can represent a criminal act,” the police told Politico. “People cannot assume anonymity via social media while issuing a threat to another’s safety or life.”

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2012, 4:42 pm CDT