Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that Donald Trump “is not yet” the Republican nominee. Further, the governor will apparently not be backing Trump until the candidate renounces his controversial comments about the judge presiding over the Trump University case.
Walker told WKOW in Madison, Wis., he would not be ready to endorse the businessman until the Republican convention.
“He’s not yet the nominee. Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July, and so for me that’s kind of the time frame,” he said of a possible endorsement.
“I want to make sure he renounces what he says — at least in regards to this judge,” Walker added in reference to Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
Trump believes the judge has not been presiding fairly over the Trump University case and suspects it is due to his Mexican heritage. The candidate noted in a statement yesterday Curiel is an Obama appointee, who has been affiliated with pro-Hispanic organizations.
Walker confessed not liking his options as he looks towards the fall election. “It’s just sad in America that we have such poor choices right now,” he said.
“So we’ve got someone who has systematically lied to the American people and in doing so, in some ways has actually put America’s national security at risk,” Walker said of Hillary Clinton. “And someone who, at least of late, has been saying things that run directly at odds with our core beliefs and principles in this country.”
“I said it then, and I’ll repeat it now, that I felt like any of the people on that stage were better than Hillary Clinton,” Walker said. “[Trump] wasn’t my first choice. He wasn’t my choice in Wisconsin. There are issues, not the least of which lately with his statements about the judge he commented on, which I just fundamentally disagree with him on, so just saying that I’ll support him over Hillary Clinton doesn’t mean I embrace all the things that he says or all the ways that he says it.”
The governor’s abrupt change in tone has Red State speculating: “Walker is among the people who are at least entertaining the possibility that something might happen to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee in July.”
As reported by Western Journalism, conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt has called on the Republican delegates to the national convention to change the rules and nominate someone other than Trump for president.