Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Sen. Ron Johnson were notably absent from Trump’s rally in Wisconsin Thursday following Trump’s support of Ryan’s primary opponent Paul Nehlen.
Walker spokesman Joe Fadness cited a schedule conflict, saying the governor was in northern Wisconsin helping local residents rebuild after flash flooding in the state last month. Fadness added Walker will campaign with Trump in the future as long as there is no schedule conflict.
Ryan and Johnson both said they had scheduling conflicts as well, according to The Hill. Trump said that he couldn’t endorse Ryan, then insisted Ryan contact him to ask for an endorsement. Ryan’s office said no request was made.
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger told CNN Wednesday that he was unable to support Trump.
“I’ve said my intention is to get there. I want to get there. I’m not there yet. I don’t see how I get there anymore,” Kinzinger said.
“You know, party unity and all that. Woke up Wednesday morning, saw his comments about Article 5, NATO, decided to hold off.”
“Then this spat, this unbelievable spat with the family of a fallen soldier, a fallen soldier who swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, wouldn’t even initially say we honor the family for their service. Immediately took it as what it was to him, an affront to him,” Kinzinger continued.
Kinzinger is a veteran of the Iraq War. He told CNN that he wanted to endorse Trump, but after his comments, was unable to.
“He has crossed so many red lines that a commander in chief, or a candidate for commander in chief should never cross. It’s a tough position for me to be in.”
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