The numbers don’t look good for Republicans. The Speaker told members of his caucus he will not campaign with Trump for the remainder of the race, prompting Trump to lash out at “disloyal” Republicans on Twitter, calling Ryan a “weak and ineffective leader“.
A Marquette University Law School poll this week showed Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Trump in Wisconsin by 7 points. Afterward came stories in several news outlets alleging Trump had inappropriately touched women. Some of them would not mention him by name, preferring instead to affirm their support for the generic “Republican ticket”.
“The brand has already been irrevocably damaged”.
On the one hand, it’s fair to criticize the Republican Party for seeming unwilling to fight as hard against the Obama agenda as voters had hoped they would when giving the GOP control of both houses of Congress.
He said that liberals don’t only want “a continuation of the last eight years”.
The Republican Party presents an image of unrest with the Trump saga providing all the proof needed – though certainly anyone attending local Republican Party events can sense if not witness the turmoil tearing this organization apart. On one side is the ultraconservative crowd that sees America changing for the worst on a variety of fronts.
“He offends Democrats and Republicans and I think that’s why he appeals to real people”, Morrison said.
With leaders like these men and their standard bearer, Donald Trump, how can today’s Republican Party continue to call itself the “family values party”?
“I don’t want his support”, Trump snapped Tuesday on Fox News. “It wasn’t a coincidence that it came out right before Trump was supposed to appear with Paul Ryan at a rally, and it conveniently gave Paul Ryan a way to disinvite Trump“. But U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., seeking re-election, has refused to back Trump.
Referring to GOP rhetoric as a “swamp of insane”, the president said, “If your only agenda is. insane based on lies, based on hoaxes, this is the nominee you get”.
President Barack Obama gave Republicans a frank dressing-down for allowing Donald Trump to become the Republican nominee by “feeding their base all kinds of insane for years” at the annual Ohio Democrats’ dinner Thursday night. Some Republicans have rejected Trump, saying they can no longer stand by the NY billionaire and his comments and actions. “‘He is a risky demagogue completely unsuited to the responsibilities of a United States president, ‘ Mr. Kovner wrote in an email, referring to Mr. Trump“.
In contrast to Trump, Ryan has consistently tried to reach out to young voters throughout the election cycle. Susan Collins withdrew her support for Trump.
“I’m a Republican“, Byrne said. They must be so sad that they wasted “Lyin'” on Ted Cruz.
Cruz, who was Trump’s leading rival for the 2016 Republican nomination, illustrated the perils of trying to respond to Trump’s candidacy.
On Monday, however, Mr. Priebus held an emergency conference call with RNC members denying the “rumors” that the party was abandoning Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump seemed to suggest without evidence that Ryan and other Republicans are involved in a “sinister deal” against him. “Those who are in red districts are going to win no matter what”. The last president to win the election without OH was John F. Kennedy back in 1960. Other potential 2020 contenders, such as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, may benefit from not being on the ballot this year, thus being spared from being asked constantly about Trump while campaigning.
As for the Republican Party, Franklin offers this warning: “Trump is a sinking ship and has the opportunity to pull the party down with him”.