MADSON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin, backed by Donald Trump, on Monday will commit to supporting Trump not only if he should run for presidency again in 2024, but on the battlefield in his 2020s. Didn’t rule out trying to minimize the damage. State.
Trump-backed candidate Tim Michels also said at a town hall event a week before the August 9 primaries that he doesn’t think Trump did anything wrong on January 6, 2021. Former Vice President Mike Pence said she would support the winner of the Republican primary for the presidency in 2024.
A third candidate who has turned the key to his candidacy, state Representative Tim Ramthune, also hasn’t committed to endorsing Trump in 2024 should he run for president.
The winner of next week’s primaries will go on to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November. Whoever wins will be governor during the 2024 presidential race and will be in position to sign or veto election legislation passed by Wisconsin’s conservative-controlled legislature.
Trump has overshadowed the Republican primary race for governor. He supported Michaels, who co-owns an energy and infrastructure construction company, passing over Clayfish, who served for eight years as lieutenant governor under Scott Walker. He garnered support from Pence last week.
Trump has scheduled a rally in a conservative Milwaukee suburb on Friday night.
Michelle said he won Trump’s support because he is a businessman and political outsider. But he declined to say that he would support Trump in 2024.
“2024? I am focused on this election right now,” Michelle said. “I haven’t made any commitments to any candidate in 2024. What I’m focused on is beating Tony Evers.”
“I would support the Republican nominee and it looks like we have a categorization to choose from,” Clayfish said.
Ramthun, who polls show is far behind Mitchell and Klefisk, said 2024 was “going to be a completely new game” and that he would support the winner of the primary.
Ramthun has pushed for the cancellation of the 2020 election, which Trump lost to President Joe Biden in Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes. The result has faced two partial recalculations, multiple lawsuits, a non-partisan audit and review by a conservative law firm. A former conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice review also did not provide evidence to reverse Biden’s victory.
Mitchell did not rule out signing a bill to attest to Trump’s damages, even though legal experts, including conservative lawyers, have said it is unconstitutional and impossible. Michels said if elected governor he would see all the evidence of what happened in the 2020 election and “everything will be on the table.”
Klefisk, in one of its strongest comments ever on the issue, denies discertification.
“It is not constitutionally possible,” she said. “There is no way to cancel an election that has already been held.”
All three candidates said they would accept the results of next week’s primary election.
As for the January 6 uprising, Michels and Klefisch blamed those who stormed the Capitol, but not Trump, after his “Stop the Steel” rally.
“Donald Trump, he did a rally,” Mitchell said. “I can’t find any evidence that Donald Trump said ‘now go to the Capitol and storm it.’ I don’t think he would have done that. … I don’t think he did anything wrong.”
“Ultimately the people who attacked the Capitol are responsible for what they did,” Clayfish said.
More than 840 people have been indicted for riot-related federal crimes. More than 340 of them have confessed to their crime, most of them for misconduct. More than 220 have been sentenced, of whom nearly half have received a sentence of imprisonment. The test dates of about 150 others extend to 2023.
A special US House committee is continuing to investigate the January 6 uprising and Trump’s role in it.
The town hall in Milwaukee, hosted by WISN-TV, was the last scheduled joint appearance by Republican candidates before the election.