Ryan all but concedes Clinton will defeat Trump
MADISON, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan is all but conceding Hillary Clinton will be the next president.
In a conference call Monday morning with House Republicans Ryan tells them that he will not defend Donald Trump or campaign with him for the next 30 days.
Instead he says he will spend “his entire energy making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democrat-controlled Congress.”
That’s according to a person on the call who demanded anonymity to describe the private conversation.
Gov. Scott Walker has no public events Monday and hasn’t posted anything on Twitter since he noted a Green Bay Packers touchdown on Sunday night.
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos aren’t returning messages.
Republican Mike Gallagher is running for the open 8th Congressional District seat but his spokesman isn’t returning messages.
Republican members of Congress are also not talking. Except for Rep. Glenn Grothman who is standing by Trump. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he doesn’t want four more years of open borders, over-regulation of industry and spiraling welfare rolls.
Rep. Sean Duffy said he endorsed Donald Trump because of his policies not “because of his stance on women or his family values.” Duffy has been one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in Wisconsin. His northern Wisconsin congressional district is the only one Trump won in the Wisconsin primary. Duffy said in a statement that Trump’s recent comments are “reprehensible.” But Duffy said he endorsed Trump because of his policies and “four years of Hillary Clinton would be unacceptable.”
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said Trump isn’t perfect, “but Hillary Clinton is a bet America cannot afford to make.” Sensenbrenner issued a statement Monday reiterating his support for Trump.