— Jessie Opoien (@jessieopie) October 8, 2016
…. When Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner talked about how voters had been coming to the Fall Fest for years to support Ryan and other local Republicans, hecklers shouted, “Not anymore!” and, “I’m for Donald Trump!”
“Why don’t you listen to what I have to say instead of interrupting me?” Sensenbrenner snapped. Soon, the 73-year-old congressman was in a shouting match with the Trump supporters in the crowd. “Listen to me, please,” he kept repeating, before ordering the audience to “clean up your act.”
By the time it was Ryan’s turn to speak, the mood had grown indisputably hostile. He took the stage to scattered boos, and shouts of, “What about Donald Trump?” and, “Shame on you!”
“Look, let me just start out by saying: There’s a bit of an elephant in the room,” Ryan told the crowd. “And it’s a troubling situation … but that is not what we are here to talk about today. You know what we do here at Fall Fest? We talk about our ideas, we talk about our solutions, we talk about our conservative principles.”…
After the event, the man told BuzzFeed News his name was Tim Ellis. He wore sunglasses and a black sweatshirt with the message “Fuck off. We’re full.” appearing beneath a map of the United States. His wife, Rhonda, sported a red hoodie declaring herself a “Deplorable for Trump.” The couple had traveled here from Illinois to see Trump, and didn’t learn until this morning that his invitation had been rescinded.
They were upset with Ryan for depriving them of the chance to see their candidate, but Tim said their anger at the GOP establishment ran much deeper than that.
“They’re very repressive of support for the person who’s going to run our country, and I think that’s sad,” he said. “Thanks a lot Paul for taking [Trump] away from us.”
Trump praises WI crowd that heckled Paul Ryan in his absence. https://t.co/dOIrbT9Ir6
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) October 9, 2016
With any luck, we’re looking at total civil war between the Greedy Old Property-Worshippers ‘respectable’ Repubs, and the no-longer-pretending-it’s-about-economic-anxiety revanchists.
Elsewhere in the Heartland(tm)…
Been following Sen. Blunt and talking to Missouri conservatives all day; can't find one who wants Trump to quit.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 8, 2016
On Saturday morning, as Donald Trump’s campaign for president showed every sign of implosion, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) wanted an apology. An 11-year-old video showing Trump gloating about a sexual conquest was “absolutely unacceptable.” The nominee needed to show contrition “in a way that people believe he’s sorry.”
But when asked whether Trump should quit the race, Blunt couldn’t see how.
“I think that’s an unrealistic solution,” he said. “The devastation of Obamacare, the out-of-control regulators, the foreign policy [in which] our friends don’t trust us make a third Obama term an unacceptable alternative.”
Asked whether he would vote for Trump, Blunt wondered why that wasn’t already clear:
“Didn’t I just say that? We don’t need to make this harder than it is. We’ve got to change things.”…
Jason Kander, the Democratic secretary of state who is challenging Blunt, had no trouble attacking Trump. “My mom asked me how we could have a president that she would have to mute the TV when she’s with my son so he doesn’t learn offensive words,” he told The Washington Post in a statement. “Families across the country are probably thinking the same thing today. Donald Trump is unfit to be president.”
But as Blunt’s float wound through the town, its speakers playing the “Toy Story” theme song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” no voters challenged him about Trump. One, who gave her name as Janice, said Trump had made the crude remark when he was still a Democrat. Joe Patton said that every Trump-is-toast news item was disproved, in a hurry, by actual voters…
Trump went missing when Blunt spoke. As a few dozen conservative activists listened, Blunt said that 2016 would be the year to “elect a new governor, a new secretary of state, and a new attorney general.” Jay Ashcroft promised that a Republican governor — the party’s candidate, Eric Greitens, is trailing in polls — could sign a right-to-work law and get Missouri’s economy humming.
Blunt quickly exited through a back door, the one that was not being watched by a Democratic tracker…
At @IowaGOP Reagan Dinner, Gov Branstad backs Trump, calls HRC untrustworthy, corrupt and anti-corn ethanol. Cry of "Lock her up"
— David Rennie (@DSORennie) October 9, 2016
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) October 8, 2016
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) October 9, 2016
On the one hand, it's outrageous that David Duke pretends all anti-Trump voices are Jews. On the other, it's a pretty big compliment to us. https://t.co/GWLf3dY9uy
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) October 9, 2016
— Scott Bauer (@sbauerAP) October 8, 2016
This is a party that faces a long road backhttps://t.co/UPRqHJnn0W
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) October 8, 2016
Keep in mind Trump will still get at least 40 percent of the vote because this a seriously fucked up country with a lot of stupid people
— TBogg (@tbogg) October 8, 2016