Ryan-Trump Event Called Off as Speaker 'Sickened' by Trump Comments on Women
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said his Saturday campaign appearance with Donald Trump has been called off in the wake of revelations of lewd comments the GOP nominee made about women in 2005.
Ryan's campaign office released a media advisory Thursday saying he would be at the annual Fall Fest in Walworth County, Wis., with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP officials.
"Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump will also join Wisconsin Republicans at the 1st Congressional District Republican Party of Wisconsin Fall Fest," the advisory added. It would have been the House speaker's first time stumping with Trump since the Republican National Convention.
Late Friday afternoon, the Washington Post broke a story about Trump conversing on an open mic with host Billy Bush of Access Hollywood before a taping about trying to sleep with a married woman and how he can't resist beautiful women. "I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything," Trump said. “Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything.”
Ryan released a statement this evening saying he was "sickened" by the tape.
"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 greater respect for women than this clip suggests," Ryan continued.
"In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow's event in Wisconsin."
Trump released a statement after Ryan: "Governor Mike Pence will be representing me tomorrow in Wisconsin," he said. "I will be spending the day in New York in debate prep with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions, and then flying to St. Louis on Sunday for the 2nd Presidential Debate."
Trump had not tweeted since late Thursday.
Priebus released a brief statement: "No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
The top GOP woman in the House, Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), released a statement noting that she had previously said she "would not hesitate" to voice disagreement with Trump "when he says something that I believe should not be part of our political dialogue."
"It is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women," she said. "Mr. Trump must realize that it has no place in public or private conversations today or in the past."
GOP senators in swing states were quickly coming out with their own statements.