GOP congressman: No, the election isn’t rigged

Tennessee GOP Rep. Scott Desjarlais said in a statement to CNN, “it’s hard to find a Paul Ryan fan in my district”.

Reporters were invited to a Miami school tour Wednesday where Ryan appeared with freshman Representative Carlos Curbelo, but the candidates took no questions.

In the Bloomberg poll, 46 percent of all voters have a negative view of Ryan, and only 37 percent favorable, a drop from earlier surveys this year. When Ryan was in Texas for campaign events Tuesday, none of those were open to the news media.

The Republican Party must reform or die. If you believe Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House GOP is going to be in single digits “either way” ― meaning Ryan will have lost more than 20 seats and, potentially, the Republican majority….

“I’m anxious anytime anyone de-legitimizes the election process”, he said. “Go to and look at the solutions”. “Don’t forget about that”.

And Ryan ignoring Trump will seem even more impossible.

Curbelo is locked in a tight re-election battle with Democrat Joe Garcia, whom he defeated in 2014 when Garcia was the incumbent congressman.

“Trump was already behind”, said Bill Kristol, a Trump critic and editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard.

When news of the call leaked to the press, the conflict reached a boiling point: Trump took to twitter with a series of tweets spanning several days that were critical of Ryan.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, the only speaker to directly address Trump’s crude remarks, was heckled when he said “I know Donald Trump has said some things that are bad”. One guest suggested that Thanksgiving dinners across America should be used as a forum for Hillary Clinton supporters to lecture Trump-supporting family members on how their vote promoted racism and xenophobia.

Trump also seems unlikely to take the state: The RealClearPolitics average of polls in a four-way race shows Trump trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by almost 7 points, and Wisconsin hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.

A week ago, the Wisconsin congressman broke the delicate truce he had maintained with Trump and announced that he will not campaign for the mogul after the release of a 2005 videotape on which the billionaire is heard making lewd and sexist comments about women. It’s entirely possible that Ryan would rather Trump lose, both because he doesn’t particularly like him and because it would help the prospects for Ryan in 2020.

Trump’s claim that the presidential election is being rigged and his suggestion that he may not accept the result of the election if he loses has challenged a centerpiece of United States democracy and outraged many Democrats and Republicans.

In an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, Trump was asked if the Wisconsin Republican was helping or hurting him.

Trump supporters said earlier this year that the GOP candidate would compete in NY, but since the political conventions, Trump has made only one appearance in NY, to accept the state’s Conservative Party’s endorsement in Manhattan in early September.

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