House Speaker Paul Ryan, 'Sickened' By Donald Trump's Lewd Video, Says He Won't Appear With GOP Nominee
Trump "is no longer attending tomorrow's event in Wisconsin," Ryan said in a statement
Donald Trump cited sudden interest in debate-prep Friday night when he confirmed what House Speaker Paul Ryan announced minutes earlier: that the GOP nominee, subject of a freshly released lewd video, would no longer appear with Ryan at a highly anticipated joint event on Saturday.
Amid recent backlash, Trump, 70, has chosen to have his running mate take his place. “Governor Mike Pence will be representing me tomorrow in Wisconsin,” Trump said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“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,” the statement read.
Trump’s cancellation comes after Ryan, 46, addressed the GOP nominee’s latest misogyny scandal. “I am sickened by what I heard today,” Ryan said in a statement via Variety. “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.”
Concluding, “In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”
Ryan reportedly dis-invited Trump from the event. Saturday’s event would have been the first time Trump and Ryan campaigned together since they both attended the Republican National Convention in July. Ryan, who has a positive rating with women in Wisconsin, has had a contentious relationship with the billionaire businessman since endorsing him in June.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f–k her,” the real estate mogul said. During the 3-minute video, Trump can be heard continually using derogatory words towards women.
Republican politicians Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Jeff Flake and Mitt Romney were just some of whom condemned Trump. “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world,” Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 nominee, tweeted on Friday.