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Evers Says Republicans Are Not 'Bastards' But Acknowledges Using Word

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is telling state workers that Republican state senators are “amoral and stupid” for firing his agriculture secretary. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is telling state workers that Republican state senators are “amoral and stupid” for firing his agriculture secretary. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: November 13, 2019 04:50 PM

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he does not think Republican state senators are “bastards,” saying a comment he made using that word was invoking a well-known saying and not an insult.

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Evers said Wednesday he was angry last week after the GOP-controlled Senate fired his agriculture secretary Brad Pfaff. He met with state workers and told them not to let the “bastards” impede their work.

When asked about it Wednesday, Evers defended his comments. He says, “It’s not something I just pulled out of thin air. It’s a saying, it’s a thing. I don’t think they’re bastards but I do think they made a huge mistake doing what they did to Brad Pfaff.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says Evers is being “shockingly disrespectful.”

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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