Quantcast
Connect with us

Even voters in Paul Ryan’s right-wing county are disgusted by ‘horrible’ Trump: ‘He has no soul’

Published

on

Donald Trump is struggling to gain support in the Wisconsin county represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan — one of the most reliably Republican counties in the United States.

Other GOP candidates have won suburban Waukesha County by landslide amounts in recent years — George W. Bush won by 35 points in 2004 and Mitt Romney by 34 in 2012 — but Trump has been unable to win voters’ trust in the reliably red county, reported USA Today.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He’s just a horrible human being — he has no soul,” said voter Phil Rosen, 55, an ardent conservative. “He changes opinions hourly. I don’t want Hillary — I don’t like her, I don’t trust her. Trump? How can you trust anything he says?”

The overwhelmingly white county produced more GOP voters per capita than any county its size in 2012, but Trump isn’t generating much excitement this year.

He’s running 15 points behind incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, and four polls from this summer found Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton 45-32 in Waukesha — and more than one in five voters refused to state a preference.

“You know there are days when I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe now he’s on the right track,’ and then tomorrow comes, and I just put my head down and go, ‘Ugh, never mind,’” said Karla Fuller, a 47-year-old veterinary technician. “I wish the election was a lot further away than what it is.”

ADVERTISEMENT

USA Today interviewed voters as part of a series covering eight key counties ahead of the Nov. 8 election, and some GOP voters in Waukesha County described their party’s choice as the “lesser of two evils,” “mean,” a “hot mess” and a “real good loose cannon.”

Trump is behind Clinton by 5 points in recent statewide polling, and some Republicans worry that his problems in Waukesha County will hurt the GOP’s chances statewide.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The biggest problem is there are a number of Republicans that don’t want to vote because they don’t like Trump,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who lives in Waukesha County’s Menomonee Falls. “If they don’t vote, that hurts down-ballot Republicans such as Sen. Johnson.”

If Trump can’t win Waukesha County, which boasted an 83 percent turnout four years ago among voting-age citizens, he’s not likely to win Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes.

“The difficulty is to win this state, if you have drop off among Waukesha voters and southeast Wisconsin voters, you’ve got to make it up somewhere else,” said Stephan Thompson, a GOP strategist and former director of the state party. “But where are you going to go to do that? And when your map is contracting, whether you’re talking about states or counties, you’ve got to more or less put up unprecedented numbers somewhere else.”

ADVERTISEMENT

No GOP presidential candidate has won Wisconsin since 1984, and Trump lost the state’s April 5 primary by 13 points to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who beat the eventual nominee in Waukesha County by 39 points.

He hired his first paid campaign staffers in the state in June, about a month after Clinton.

Trump has also angered Wisconsin voters by picking fights with Ryan, who enjoys an 82 percent favorability rating among Republicans, and Gov. Scott Walker, who at 84 percent is even more popular among GOP voters.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from billionaires and corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. Unlike other news sites, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.



Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]. Send news tips to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

Published

on

The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

Published

on

Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

Published

on

Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

Continue Reading
 
 

Thank you for whitelisting Raw Story!

As a special thank you, from now until August 31st, we're offering you a discounted rate of $5.99/month to subscribe and get ad-free access. We're honored to have you as a reader. Thank you. :) —Elias, Membership Coordinator
LEARN MORE
close-link
close-image