Republican reprimands continue to rain down on the party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, after the billionaire businessman called into question Judge Gonzalo Curiel's ability to remain unbiased while presiding over a lawsuit involving The Donald's failed for-profit education business, Trump University, due to his "Mexican heritage." Today, Speaker Paul Ryan called the statement "the textbook definition of a racist comment," however Speaker Ryan and Wisconsin Republicans continue to voice their support for their party's nominee.
"Everyday, Donald Trump reminds the American people that he is unfit, unprepared, and far too dangerous to be President of the United States. It is not enough for Republicans to condemn their nominee's latest round of offensive comments, they should denounce his candidacy once and for all." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Tuesday.
Trump has since doubled down on his comments, adding Muslims to the lists of judges who would pose a similar conflict of interest. Still, Wisconsin Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan, Gov. Scott Walker, and Sen. Ron Johnson continue to lend their support to Trump's campaign for president.
While Donald Trump enjoys strong support from some Republican Party leaders in Wisconsin, Republicans across the nation are forcefully speaking out regarding Trump’s most recent comments. Today, Iowa State Sen. David Johnson, and 18-year Republican incumbent, announced he suspended his Republican Party membership to protest the “racist remarks” by his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
Earlier today, Illinois’s Republican Senator Mark Kirk pulled his support for Donald Trump following the nominee’s racist and bigoted remarks. If Wisconsin Republicans had an ounce of political courage, they would follow the lead of Iowa State Sen. Johnson and refuse to stand with Trump.
"Democrats know that Muslim-Americans and Mexican-Americans aren't a threat to this country. The real threat is Donald Trump's dangerous and divisive campaign. We can't afford a Trump presidency," Laning concluded.