Parallels have been drawn between the current protests and riots against the Donald Trump Administration and the Act 10 protests in Wisconsin in 2011. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan feels liberals opposing Trump should learn a lesson from the failed efforts to stop Act 10; don’t stop:
In a news conference Monday, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said that there were lessons to take away from the massive union demonstrations here that didn’t sustain their energy and ultimately failed to beat Walker in a June 2012 recall election. Pocan represents Madison and the surrounding region, which make up a decidedly left-learning district.
“We just don’t want to drop off. We want people to continue to be active,” he said.
Pocan said that he believed that one difference between 2011 and today is that Trump will help to stoke liberal enthusiasm for political action with his controversial statements and tweets.
In 2011, “it was really about one issue, collective bargaining… but in this case it’s about many issues but one person — Donald Trump,” Pocan said.
The JS story doesn’t elaborate on what type of “political action” Pocan as advocating for liberals to pursue, but here is some recent protest activity Pocan may have in mind:
As for Pocan bemoaning the Madison protests of six years ago running out of steam, Governor Scott Walker chronicled in his book “Unintimidated” some of what he and his family endured back then:
The letter was addressed to Walker’s wife, Tonette. It read:
Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated? Scotts heading that way. Or maybe one of your sons getting killed would hurt him more. I want him to feel the pain. I already follow them when they went to school in Wauwatosa, so it won’t be too hard to find them in Mad. Town. Big change from that house by [BLANK] Ave. to what you got now. Just let him know that it’s not right to [EXPLETIVE] over all those people. Or maybe I could find one of the Tarantinos [Tonette’s parents] back here.
Protesters at one point even physically blocked Walker and his entourage from leaving a manufacturing company in La Crosse, Wis.
“As we prepared to leave, the state troopers saw that the protesters had physically blocked the entrance we had used to come onto the property. So they turned the squad car around and headed toward the other exit. We watched in disbelief as the throng of people rushed toward the second exit to block our path. As we tried to pull out, they surrounded the car and began beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle,” Walker writes in the book.
Perhaps the Wisconsin media can push Pocan to explain exactly what type of behavior from the Act 10 days in Madison he’d like to see transferred to the national stage.