It’s no secret House Speaker Paul Ryan has been on the fence pledging support behind presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. However, this feeling seems to be mutual with his home state of Wisconsin. On Saturday night, the Republicans present at the GOP Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin made no mention of Trump’s name and sidestepped the topic in conversation when asked. It’s as if the billionaire didn’t even exist.
Gov. Scott Walker, a former endorser of previous candidate Ted Cruz, avoided conversation about the presidential race during his speech to promote Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. Many Republican speakers alluded to Trump in obscured terms like “the Republican nominee” or “our candidate.” The halls and arena lacked Trump propaganda and posters. The lack of apparel and promotion made it all the more evident Wisconsin still has cold feet supporting Trump; it in fact was the last state Trump lost in his pursuit of the GOP nomination.
Not all Republicans remained quiet at the convention. “I know everybody here didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but most everybody in my district did,” U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of the 7th District in Northern Wisconsin said. “With Ron Johnson, we’re going to continue to make Wisconsin great, and we’re going to make America great again with Donald Trump.”
An echo of concurrence was spoken too by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a vehement opposer to Hillary Clinton. “Donald Trump has won our nomination, fair and square,” Sensenbrenner told the convention audience. “The time has come to look at what the stakes are.”
Considering Trump is starting to gain traction with certain groups of voters and whole states as well, it will be interesting to see if the House Speaker’s home state begins to get on board the Trump Train come their national convention in July.