Donald Trump is returning to Wisconsin to host a fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker on June 13.
The exact location of the fundraiser has not been announced, but plans are for it to be in the southeastern part of the state. Walker is making plans to run for a third term next year and plans to officially launch the re-election campaign this summer.
Walker said in a statement that he’s “thrilled” Trump is coming to Wisconsin.
“I appreciate him showing his support for our bold conservative reforms while he's here,” said Walker.
Walker has not always been a Trump fan. During the governor’s short-lived presidential campaign, he dismissed Trump as an embarrassing sham.
In fact, in becoming the first Republican presidential contender to bow out of the race, Walker cited the need for Republicans to rally behind someone other than Trump in order to save the party.
A week before Wisconsin’s Republican primary in April 2016, Walker threw his support behind evangelical contender Ted Cruz, who ultimately carried the state.
Yet, like House Speaker Paul Ryan, Walker quickly re-invented himself as a Trump sycophant after that move became politically expedient. The Nation, a progressive magazine, noted Walker’s make-over as a Trump cheerleader in a July 26 article headlined “The Horrible Humbling of Scott Walker.”
The Nation contributor John Nichols had this to say about Walker’s pro-Trump speech at the Republican National Convention: “Politics requires humbling performances from its losers—especially those who, like Walker, harbor ambitions for contests yet to come. But rarely has a politician been more humbled than the governor of Wisconsin was when he swallowed his own words and spit out an endorsement of Republican presidential nominee.”
With the help of Walker and Ryan, Trump ultimately beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, making Trump the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since 1984.
Walker titled his political memoir Unintimidated.
Trump was last in Wisconsin in April when he visited Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha and signed an “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. Immigrant rights advocates protested the appearance.
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