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Wisconsin republicans continue to support the indefensible



Just what will it take? U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson have been ambivalent supporters of Donald Trump’s candidacy for President. Ryan hesitated at offering his support initially, but eventually relented. Johnson too pledged loyalty to Trump, but said he could withdraw that support if Trump crossed the line. Apparently objectifying women doesn’t cross the line in their minds. Nor does being a racist, or a birther. Both Ryan and Johnson have condemned Trump’s latest words and actions, but continue to offer their support for his candidacy. It has turned into quite a Texas two-step. Ryan, along with Johnson, and Governor Scott Walker were to appear with Trump together for the first time in a supposed show of unity in Wisconsin over the weekend. After the revelation of Trump’s sexist and mysoginist comments, Trump was uninvited. So much for party unity. The rally went on, but without Trump, and with only three mentions of the candidate by name. It’s like they are pretending Trump doesn’t exist. But he does, at the top of the ticket, and Wisconsin’s top politicians continue to support the indefensible.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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