Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is going after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the current front-runner in Iowa polls among the crowded GOP field.
During a campaign rally with about 1,400 supporters in Oskaloosa, Trump told the audience he had appreciated and contributed to Walker’s fight to survive a recall election in Wisconsin, but Trump said a “stupid person” who works for Walker made a “horrible statement” about him and Trump blasted Walker’s management of Wisconsin.
“They projected a $1 billion surplus and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster and they’re fighting like crazy because there’s no money for the school…and he was totally in favor of Common Core,” Trump said. “Did you know that?”
The crowd cheered Trump’s negative critique of Walker. Later, Trump told reporters Walker hadn’t been that nice to him anyway. “One of his people hit me…and I said: ‘Hey, now the gloves are off,” Trump said. “…The real truth is that Wisconsin’s it’s a mess right now. It’s a mess, from an economic standpoint.”
The attack on Walker comes after a fundraiser invitation sent out by the governor’s campaign called Trump a “DumbDumb.” The invitation, reported on by The Wall Street Journal, also said electing the real estate mogul would be “a total and complete disaster for the country.”
The Walker campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson contributed to this report.