Of course, as a father and a decent human being, I abhor Donald Trump’s latest remarks demeaning women and making light of sexual assault. They were shocking but hardly surprising, since Trump has a long and detailed history of obnoxious treatment of women.
What is more disappointing is that many of Trump’s supporters are either excusing his remarks away or brushing them aside with indifference. This includes my opponent, Ron Johnson, who refuses to walk back his endorsement of Trump and even joins in on Trump’s rebound strategy of attacking Bill Clinton’s own disgraceful history and Hillary’s distasteful actions in his defense. One has to ask: how bad does Donald Trump have to get before Ron Johnson finally steps out of his shadow?
Russ Feingold, to his credit, has denounced Trump’s remarks. But he is as supportive of Hillary Clinton’s own character issues as Johnson is of Trump. In response to Clinton’s email scandal, Feingold declared her “reliable and trustworthy.”
Should we question whether either one of these candidates will challenge a President of their own party on important issues? Or will they just continue to fall in line behind them, no matter what?
Neither Ron Johnson nor Russ Feingold have the moral nor political courage to assert real leadership and independence in the Senate.