U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan was heckled by Donald Trump supporters Saturday at a party unity event held within his own district.
The Republican presidential nominee was originally slated to appear at the rally but was disinvited after the release of the candidates crude 11-year-old hot-mic remarks.
Clip via Daily Mail
Ryan said Friday that he was he was “sickened” by Trump’s words, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, was later called in to appear, but backed out mere hours before it began.
Ryan was then booed and heckled at the event held at a county fairground with shouts of “Shame on you!” and “You turned your backs on us!” ABC News reported.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined Ryan at the Rally, and none of the three referred directly to Trump, although Ryan made an oblique reference to “a bit of an elephant in the room” at the opening of his remarks.
“It is a troubling situation, and I’m serious, it is,” Ryan said. “I put out a statement about this last night. I meant what I said and it’s still how I feel. But that is not what we are here to talk about today.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was the only speaker who referred to Trump’s remarks head-on, saying, “I know Donald Trump has said some things that are bad.”
“Get over it!” someone in the crowd shouted.
The heckling didn’t go unnoticed by the candidate. Trump tweeted:
Thank you to my great supporters in Wisconsin. I heard that the crowd and enthusiasm was unreal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2016
Afterwards, many Trump supporters told ABC News they were standing by the candidate.
“Trump is a great man,” said Scott Reese. “We all make mistakes.”
Fifty-year-old New Berlin, Wisconsin resident Jean Stanley attended the rally wearing a pink T-shirt with black lettering that said “Wisconsin Women Love Trump.”
“He’s a real human,” Stanley said. “It was a long time ago. We all have something in our past. He was a Hollywood icon then.”
Julie Marso who traveled from Milwaukee to attend the event was in complete agreement.
“You should vote according to the issues facing this country, not the kind of dirt you can dig up on people,” she said.
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