People online mocked Wagner for issuing what they called “the most elitist” and “country club” threat to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in a Facebook Live segment Friday, whilst campaigning as a “man of the people.”
“Nothing screams ‘working-class hero’ like walking around in golf spikes,” one tweeter commented. Another joked “the only thing more elitist would be to threaten Democrats with a polo mallet.”
Nothing screams “working-class hero” like walking around in golf spikes. Perhaps the next ad will feature a threat involving Cartier cufflinks. https://t.co/IEbS5IwJon
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) October 12, 2018
Golf spikes…really? The only thing more elitist would be to threaten democrats with a polo mallet.
— Shaun Hurst 🚁👨🏿🔧👨🏿🏫 (@kokujin_2000) October 13, 2018
Golf spikes? What’s next? Are you going to break the cappuccino machine?
— 🌀Skeet Indianar🌀 (@IndianarSkeet) October 12, 2018
Stop dude. We have civility on our side. You look like an elite idiot, with your golf spikes.
— BigLargeTime (@BigLargeTime) October 13, 2018
Huh. Such a populist symbol: golf spikes. Nothing like being a man of the people by threatening assault using equipment from a sport most associated with elites https://t.co/HP9tL5ZqpY
— Keith Metz-Porozni (@kmetzpor) October 12, 2018
‘”Stomp all over your face with golf spikes” is a common blue-collar saying among real Americans’
– Patrick Ruffini https://t.co/4JImWrliGb
— placeholder halloween name (@jesseltaylor) October 12, 2018
I mean, isn’t a Republican threatening to stomp someone with golf spikes a little on the nose
“I shall then have my valet thrash you soundly”
— VeryHiddenGeniusHat (@Popehat) October 12, 2018
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said there was “no place in our politics for this kind of rhetoric.” But Wagner’s spokesman Andrew Romeo told HuffPost the remarks were “not to be taken literally.”