- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2015

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore declared Monday that Wisconsin’s Republican governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker is “tightening the noose, literally” around blacks.

Ms. Moore, a black lawmaker from Milwaukee, made the comment during a conference call Monday to discuss the governor’s campaigning for president in the early voting state of South Carolina.

Ms. Moore said Mr. Walker was “literally campaigning around the state, saying you don’t want to be like Milwaukee, while at the same time really tightening the noose, literally, around African-Americans,” The Hill reported.

“He cut his teeth on ‘three strikes and you’re out’ mandatory minimum sentences — really, you know, trail ‘em, nail ‘em and jail ‘em politics … and so we really have a high incarceration rate,” she said.

Ms. Moore said the governor’s opposition to raising the minimum wage, requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, and requiring drug testing for welfare recipients unfairly hurts black people. She also called Mr. Walker a “stereotypical politician” who will say anything to get elected, The Associated Press reported.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Walker’s campaign called the comments “inflammatory and inappropriate,” Wisconsin Radio Network reported.

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