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Friday, October 7, 2016

 8:12 PM 

Ryan, 'sickened' by Trump comments, says businessman no longer attending Saturday rally

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Ryan, said Friday night he was "sickened" by vulgar comments Donald Trump made a decade ago that were released today and the GOP nominee would no longer attend a Saturday rally in Wisconsin.

"Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified," Ryan said. "I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”

Not long after the Washington Post broke the story on the 2005 comments, a Trump Wisconsin spokesman wrote in an email to WisPolitics.com the businessman still planned to attend the event. A source familiar with Friday's developments said Ryan pulled the invitation to the 1st CD GOP Fall Fest at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn.

It was supposed to be the first campaign stop where Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, were to appear with Trump. Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and AG Brad Schimel, among others also were scheduled to attend the event.

The event will go on as planned without Trump, a Ryan spokesman said.

Trump announced vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will represent him at the event. Trump said in the statement he planned to spend the day in New York doing debate prep with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Ryan's statement on Trump's comments came a little more than an hour after RNC Chair Reince Priebus declared, "No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

Various things Trump has said over the course of the fall campaign have put Republicans on the defensive as they've been asked whether they agree with their presidential nominee.

Friday's report on comments from 2005 also put Republicans on the spot, and many waited several hours after the initial report before responding. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon it had received a tape from 2005 in which Trump was caught on a hot mic bragging about kissing and groping women using vulgar language and declaring, “when you’re a star, they let you do it."

DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile , meanwhile, challenged Republicans, asking if they will "continue to stand by him and call him a role model for our children?"

"Donald Trump's offensive, degrading, and disgusting comments about women revealed today are beyond the pale and don't bear repeating," Brazile said. "This was not ‘locker room banter.’ This is who Donald Trump is, and it is just the latest reminder of why he is unfit for the Presidency."

Asked if Ryan still supports Trump for the presidency, a spokesman for the Janesville Republican said the speaker would have no additional comment tonight.

Johnson issued a statement through his campaign, "Donald Trump’s recent comments are completely indefensible and I refuse to even attempt to try and do so.”

Walker's campaign did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. The guv tweeted late Friday, "Inexcusable. Trump's comments are inexcusable."

-- By JR Ross


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