MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night explained the importance of the upcoming recall election in Wisconsin on June 5.

"Killing the unions is the strategy for turning Wisconsin red, not just for now, but for generations to come in an irreparable way," she said. "This is about partisan politics. It is about destroying Democrats' chances of competing with Republicans."

Maddow noted that while Republican candidates are disproportionately funded by corporate and pro-business groups, Democratic candidates are disproportionately funded by public service unions -- the very unions that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker targeted in his budget repair bill.

"It's not about some year's budget, it is not even about jobs," Maddow continued. "Since he wiped away union rights in Wisconsin, Scott Walker has racked up the single worst jobs records in the entire country."

"It is not about jobs, it is not about the budget, it is about making Wisconsin permanently Republican."

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