Scott Walker Dismisses Indiana Critics: ‘Looking for Ways to Be Upset’
Prospective presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) got into the Indiana religious liberty debate this week by dismissing the media “hype and hysteria” that has led to mass outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics said would effectively condone private discrimination against LGBT individuals.
The widespread anger directed at Indiana’s RFRA led to Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) calling for a “fix” to the bill to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. According to audio first reported by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Walker told conservative radio host Charlie Sykes on Wednesday that the outrage was overblown.
“I just think this is people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things instead of really looking at what it is,” he said.
Religious freedom legislation is “inherent in our state’s constitution,” he continued. “Heck, it’s inherent in our U.S. Constitution. And again, in Wisconsin, we’ve done it and we’re stronger for it.”
“It’s even more entrenched than anything that can be in the state statues, and we don’t have the kind of hype and hysteria that the national media is creating on this,” he concluded.
Listen below via Buzzfeed:
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