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Paul Ryan disinvites Trump from Wisconsin event as GOP runs from ‘vulgar, sexist’ hot mic problem

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In a statement released late Friday Night, House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited Donald Trump to his Wisconsin unity party. Trump’s 2005 hot mic on “Access Hollywood” revealed how Trump views women and has prompted many, even Republicans, particularly Republican women, to call it disgusting and inappropriate. The campaign has tried to soften the blow by saying that Trump instead will be focusing on debate prep and Mike Pence will be attending.

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

The statement from Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus was simple: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

Curiously, religious leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, blew it off, claiming “My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based on shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues.”

After Trump’s evangelical meeting, during a press conference with religious leaders, Perkins seemed to be singing a different tune. “I kind of did my own survey of the room. … One of the things that I’ve heard is ‘he’s not what we’ve seen in the media.’ He’s actually a likable guy. I like him. I like what I’ve heard,” Perkins said. “I think this is a good start. I feel much more comfortable … he gained a lot by coming here today and having this conversation.”

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Paul Ryan:

John McCain:

Bill Mitchell

Tony Perkins:

Charles Cooke at the National Review has a suggestion for the GOP:

John Podhoretz at the NYDN was bothered by the Trump statement:

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Mitt Romney was NOT happy:

Mark Kirk:

Sen. Richard Burr:

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia also just rescinded her endorsement of Trump:
“This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying. No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office. In light of these comments, Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him with Mike Pence or another appropriate nominee from the Republican Party. I cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump and I would never vote for Hillary Clinton.”

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Jason Chaffetz unendorsed as well, saying, he’s no longer voting for Trump, but refuses to vote for Clinton either. “I do wish that Mike Pence was at the top of the ticket, I really do,” he said.

But Jeb Bush’s was the most heartfelt:


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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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