A top fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Gregory Slayton, called Donald Trump “DumbDumb” in a fundraising email and stands by his comment, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls,” Slayton, a venture capitalist and former consul general to Bermuda, wrote in the email. “He’s also a plain spoken member of the 99% (as opposed to someone pretending to be so)…and that will be a KSF in 2016.”
Slayton was inviting potential donors to two fundraisers on Wednesday and mentioned a breakfast with Walker on Thursday, according to the Journal.
Slayton did not apologize for his comment about Trump when asked about the email by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
“I didn’t mean that to be public but obviously I stand behind it,” he told the Journal. “Look, this is a great country. Guys who are not that smart can get rich, it’s wonderful. But Donald Trump is not going to be president of the United States ever, period, end of story.”
“To elect someone who alienates his friends, the guy would be a total and complete disaster for the country and I think everybody admits that,” Slayton continued.
Since Trump’s comment that Sen. John McCain is only considered a war hero because he was captured, his fellow Republican presidential candidates have been less shy to condemn him and his remarks. Following Trump’s comments about McCain, Walker called on Trump to apologize for the remarks.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the Journal that he expected Walker to distance himself from Slayton’s remarks.
“Gov. Walker is a good guy and he would not condone such type of negative thinking about the leading presidential candidate in the GOP field,” he said. “I’m sure he will quickly denounce Mr. Slayton and his rhetoric.”