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Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Fall Fest attendees express disappointment over Trump cancellation

Attendees at the GOP's annual Fall Fest in Elkhorn who spoke with WisPolitics.com expressed disappointment that Donald Trump's appearance was canceled and shared different views on the vulgar comments released Friday Trump made about women in 2005.

Suzanne deRath said she was disappointed that the speakers at the event didn't show support for Trump.

"We're very disappointed because we came here for Trump, and we're very disappointed that Scott Walker and Ryan didn't stand behind their man," deRath said.

She said she was not offended by Trump's comments.

"If you believe men have not said things about women in the back room or in life, then obviously you live in Disney World," she said.

She contrasted Trump's comments with Bill Clinton's sexual misdeeds, saying there is a big difference between what someone says in private versus what someone does in public office.

David Booth, 54, of Delafield, said he was pleased Ryan addressed the controversy over Trump.

He said he supports Trump, particularly because of the Supreme Court vacancy he would get to fill, but quipped, "He just needs to shut up."

He said he doesn't condone Trump's comments, but it is "something guys talk about" and that it was a private conversation.

He said while two wrongs don't make a right, Bill Clinton's sexual transgressions were worse.

"What Bill Clinton did was way worse," Booth said.

He noted Trump's children have been successful and stayed out of trouble and that Trump taught them good values.

"There's no way that if he was that person everybody's claiming him to be, that his kids would be the way they are right now," Booth said.

Tony Piastowski, of Milwaukee, wore a shirt with a picture of Bill Clinton stylized to look like an Obama "hope" poster, with the word "rape" written below.

"They get at Trump for little allegations 20 years ago that really don't matter," he said.

He said the focus instead needs to be on issues, such immigration, Syria and conflict with Russia.

He said Trump is demonized, while little attention is paid to Bill Clinton's sexual scandals.

Clifton Peterson, 89, said Trump is not well qualified as he would like and that he is a bully.

"He needs to stop that nonsense. It would be much better," he said.

But he said he would vote for Trump anyway because of the justices Hillary Clinton would nominate for the Supreme Court.

Gladys Peterson, 76, who joined him at the rally, said she didn't pay attention to the comments.

Clifton Peterson described them as "locker room talk," but quipped he doesn't talk like that in the locker room.

"I hope not," Gladys Peterson replied.

-- By David Wise


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