Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Saturday he isn’t sure if President Barack Obama is a Christian.
“I don’t know,” Walker said when asked about it by The Washington Post at a DC hotel where the National Governors Association was holding a meeting.
Walker’s comment came a day after he gave a similar answer to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about whether he believes Obama loves America. Both questions stem from a reception for the governor that was held on Wednesday night in Manhattan, an event in which former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) told the crowd he doubts Obama loves America.
The Post reminded Walker that Obama has frequently discussed his Christian faith in light of fringe claims that he’s a secret Muslim.
“I’ve never actually talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said,according to the paper. “I’ve never asked him that.”
The Wisconsin governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate added, “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
Walker said questions like this were why Americans despise the news media.
“To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press,” Walker said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
After the interview with the Post, Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster called the newspaper to say the governor was not trying to cast doubt about Obama’s religion. Rather, he was trying to make a point about the press.
“Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian,” Webster told the Post. “He thinks these kinds of gotcha questions distract from what he’s doing as governor of Wisconsin to make the state better and make life better for people in his state.”
The Democratic National Committee was quick to pounce on Walker’s interview with the Post. DNC Press Secretary Holly Shulman said:
After sitting silently by when Rudy Giuliani made an outrageous comment that our President doesn’t love America, today Scott Walker has doubled down on his divisive politics saying he doesn’t know if the President loves our country, and then questioning President Obama’s religion.
Scott Walker had a simple test. He could have risen above the fray, but he continues to flatly fail and instead push the same polarizing agenda and politics he has for years in Wisconsin. Today, Walker has proven himself once again to be unfit to lead.