As the Wisconsin primaries approach on April 5, the conservative website Right Wisconsin
is pointing out that GOP front-runner Donald Trump was not supportive of Gov. Scott Walker's fight against public sector unions.
Trump appeared on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor"
in March 2011, where he discussed Walker with host Bill O'Reilly and speculated that Walker might have been "too unyielding" in his battle.
Trump noted that he has friends who run unions and has negotiated with them in his business dealings in New York.
He admitted that what Walker did may have been the right thing for Wisconsin, but wouldn't necessarily apply to all states.
"You know, I have had great relationship over the years with unions," Trump said. "We've had collective bargaining. I have become very wealthy. I have dealt with unions because as you know, New York is largely unions. You are dealing with them. I have great friends that are in unions and heads of unions. So I haven't had the same difficulty and problem."
Still, he said he respected Walker, noting that "He is tough."
Trump then added that Walker "is unyielding and maybe sometimes too unyielding, and maybe not too unyielding."
Right Wisconsin points out that Trump talked of the "countless donations" he has given to some of his fellow Republicans over the years, he "did not give Walker's campaign a dime to fight the 2012 recall."
Walker's battle with unions began with the 2011 Budget Repair Bill that removed unions' right to automatically deduct dues from state workers' paychecks and removed many of their collective bargaining rights.
Walker faced a recall election the next year, which he won.
Walker ran for president during the 2016 cycle and was an early favorite, but bowed out on September 21, urging others in the crowded field to do the same in an effort to defeat Trump.
Walker on Wednesday called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz the only viable alternative to Trump in the current three-man field.
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