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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

 7:09 PM 

Trump asks Dem early voters with 'buyer's remorse' to switch their votes

Donald Trump said in Eau Claire today that Dem voters who already cast ballots for Hillary Clinton should switch their vote if they’re having a “bad case of buyer’s remorse.”

Trump noted in what he called an "important public service announcement" that Wisconsin is one of the states where absentee voters can change their vote.

Wisconsin voters are generally allowed to “spoil” their ballots and cast a new one, though the deadlines for doing so so are approaching and absentee voters can no longer change their vote at their polling location on Election Day, according to a news release the Elections Commission sent out earlier today.

Though the Elections Commission says that’s something “very few voters actually do,” Trump asked the crowd whether the country has “ever had a situation like is going on right now.”

“A lot of stuff has come out since you’ve voted,” the GOP nominee said at the W.L. Zorn Arena.

Trump tore into Clinton for Friday’s revelations that the FBI is once again looking at emails tied to her private server. Her email controversy, he said, is the “biggest scandal since Watergate,” noting 33,000 of her emails had been deleted and that she “endangered national security by sending classified information on an insecure server.”

“She wants to blame everyone else for her mounting legal troubles, but she has really no one else to blame but herself,” Trump said.

Dem state Rep. Dana Wachs, of Eau Claire, slammed Trump, saying the GOP nominee little grasp of the role of government or constitutional rights and shown little respect for women.

“I don’t have a great deal of confidence in Donald Trump’s ability to be President. To be quite frank, I have very little respect for Donald Trump’s policies and positions,” Wachs said.

Trump’s roughly 40-minute speech focused on Clinton being “extremely dishonest,” a term he also used to describe the media, whom he called “horrible people, untruthful people.” 

And Trump, like the speakers before him, said he’d “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C.

Earlier speakers included Gov. Scott Walker, who said Trump would “shake up Washington like nothing we’ve ever seen before.” And U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, making his first campaign appearance with Trump, said he and the GOP nominee are “change agents.”

Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, had been scheduled to appear today but didn’t speak at the event.

Walker and Johnson had been scheduled to speak with Trump at a Walworth County event last month, but House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled Trump’s invitation after the release of a 2005 videotape showing Trump making vulgar comments about women. 

Trump kicked off his speech today by praising the “great Wisconsin leaders” that joined him, including Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and the “incredible job” he’s done. He called U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, a former competitive lumberjack, a “great athlete” and encouraged the crowd to “get out and vote for Ron.” 

Trump also gave a “special thank you” to Walker, who had run against him for the nomination and endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump ahead of the state’s April primaries. After Walker had done so, Trump said at a Janesville stop the state’s economy “has problems” but today, he said Walker has done a “fantastic job.”

“I ran against him,” Trump said. “He is tough. He is brutal. I wanna be very respectful. He is one tough cookie, so to Gov. Walker, I want to thank you. Tremendous, tremendous competitor, and we’re with him forever.” 

Trump predicted he’d win “the great state of Wisconsin and we are going to win back the White House,” citing “a lot of good polls out there today,” including one showing he’s up by 7 percentage points in North Carolina and others showing comfortable leads in Florida, Georgia and Texas. 

He criticized media outlets that have “hardly covered” the revelation that Dem strategist Donna Brazile shared a primary debate question with the Clinton team; Brazile has since resigned as a contributor to CNN, which hosted that debate. 

Clinton declined to report “this terrible breach of ethics,” he said. And if he had gotten questions ahead of time, Trump said, it would’ve been “the biggest story in the world” and he would’ve gotten a “double electric chair.” 

He also slammed Clinton for her stances on immigration, saying he would cut off federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities, and said Clinton wants to “start a shooting war with Syria” and enter a conflict with Russia. 

On the economy, he said his main focus is to “bring back our jobs,” citing the heavy job losses since “Bill and Hillary’s NAFTA.” And he said he’ll “go into the poorest communities [to] replace decades of failure with generations of success,” pointing to high poverty numbers among minorities. 

“This is our country,” Trump said. “This is unacceptable in America. I will fix it.”

He also attacked the rising premiums for Healthcare.gov consumers, telling the audience Wisconsin is one of those states seeing double-digit premium increases on average. 

He declined to tell the audience the exact figure for Wisconsin -- 16 percent -- because he wanted them to “leave here happy.” But he said he’ll “get rid of it, so you don’t have to worry about it.” 

"Obamacare is a disaster,” Trump said. “It’s a total catastrophe yet Hillary Clinton wants to double down on Obamacare, making it even more expensive. And it still won’t work.”

In his speech introducing Trump, Walker repeatedly said Clinton is “unfit to be president of the United States,” pointing to controversies on Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation and the private email server. 

But he declined to agree with the frequent chant at Trump rallies of “lock her up.” 

“We’re not gonna lock her up,” Walker said. “We’re gonna defeat her on Nov. 8.” 

He also said voters should send Dem Senate candidate Russ Feingold back to “California or wherever he’s teaching these days” and instead elect Johnson, a “manufacturer with Wisconsin values.” 

Imagine, Walker said, if Republicans win the White House and keep their majorities in Congress.

“There’s no end to the good we can do,” Walker said, likening it to his party taking control of state government after the 2010 elections. 

Johnson, meanwhile, said the next week will “determine the direction of America.” 

He told the audience he “could ruin your night” by listing the threats America faces -- but that it was Clinton and Feingold that created those problems. 

“They’re the ones that created the swamp,” he said. “We’re the ones who are gonna drain it. We are the change agents. Donald Trump and I understand how hard business is. We understand how much more difficult government makes it to grow a business.” 

Clinton and Feingold, he added, won’t “protect your liberty,” making a pitch to voters they should elect him and Trump if they care about the Second Amendment. 

“We need to make sure that Donald Trump is appointing the next Supreme Court justices and that I am there to confirm judges, not super legislators,” Johnson said. 

-- By Polo Rocha

Editor's note: This post has been updated with additional comment.


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