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Sen. Johnson Continues To Support Trump For President, His Racism & All PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 09:13

ron-johnsonMADISON - Sen. Ron Johnson has joined a growing number of Republicans critical of Donald Trump's comments about a federal judge's Mexican ancestry, says the Capitol Times in an opinion piece yesterday, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. But all three Republican leaders continue to support the candidate's presidential bid.

Johnson's opponent's campaign is questioning why the senator hasn't withdrawn his support for the presumptive GOP nominee. Read the whole article below.

Cap Times: Wisconsin Republican leaders critical of Trump judge comments, but still support him
By Jessie Opoien
June 7, 2016

Sen. Ron Johnson has joined a growing number of Republicans critical of Donald Trump's comments about a federal judge's Mexican ancestry, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. But all three Republican leaders continue to support the candidate's presidential bid.

Johnson's opponent's campaign is questioning why the senator hasn't withdrawn his support for the presumptive GOP nominee.

Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said the senator thinks Trump should retract his statements accusing Indiana-born U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased against him in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage."

"Ron disagrees, just as he has in the past," Reisinger said. "Ron will hold both candidates accountable when they’re wrong, and there will be plenty of opportunities to do so with a Washington career politician like Hillary Clinton. Wisconsinites respect honesty and know that Ron will always tell them the truth."

Michael Tyler, a spokesman for Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold, noted that Johnson said last month he would withdraw his support from "any individual" if the candidate "would say something that crosses a line and, in the end, is so significant, so major that you couldn't support them."

"Sen. Johnson said that if Trump said or did anything that 'crossed a line,' he'd have to withdraw his support for the Republican nominee," Tyler said. "It's clear from his response that racist comments from Trump don't rise to that level for Sen. Johnson."

Trump has said Curiel cannot rule impartially in the case against Trump University because of the candidate's previous comments calling for a wall between Mexico and the United States.

Over the weekend, he extended the argument to suggest a Muslim judge could also not treat him fairly due to his calls for a ban on Muslim immigrants entering the U.S.

According to a Bloomberg Politics report, Trump told supporters on a call on Monday that "the people asking the questions" about his comments "are the racists."

The candidate's comments earned him criticism from the Speaker of the House not 24 hours after the Republican leader had endorsed him.

Ryan continued his rebuke on Tuesday, calling Trump's statements "indefensible" and "the textbook definition of a racist comment." But he maintained that Trump is still a preferable alternative to likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Walker made similar comments on Monday in an interview with USA Today Network-Wisconsin. The governor said he "fundamentally" disagrees with Trump's comments but still believes the Republican candidate is better suited for the presidency than Clinton.

 
Five Questions for Sen. Johnson on His Continued Support for Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:41

donald-trumpMADISON - Senator Johnson continues to back the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, even after Trump’s racist comments on Judge Curiel.

ron-johnsonThe Senator has previously said he would pull his support from any candidate who said something that “crosses a line.”

Since clearly racism doesn’t cross the line for Ron Johnson, here are five questions for the Senator about his continued support of Trump.

  1. Have you considered retracting your endorsement of Trump, as Lindsey Graham recommended?

  2. Do you regret saying you looked forward to campaigning with Trump like the “Ronald and the Donald?”

  3. You’ve said you have a lot in common with Trump because you both are wealthy businessmen. Given that shared background, do you accept the business practices of Trump University?

  4. Do you believe that Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Do you believe he will keep us safe?

  5. You’ve said you would revoke your endorsement of Donald Trump if he “crosses a line.” Why don't these racist comments cross the line? At this point what would cross the line for you?

 
Russ Feingold Culminates Listening Tour at Democratic Convention in Green Bay PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:50

russ-feingoldIn Address to the Convention Friday night, progressive U. S. Senate candidate Emphasizes Optimism and Change, Week long Tour Featured Stops in all Corners of Wisconsin. Hear what he found out.

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