EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- During last night's presidential debate Donald Trump's controversial comments about women took center stage and while he issued an apology many Republican lawmakers are already jumping ship.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told Trump not to attend a joint public appearance in Wisconsin this weekend after a lewd audio recording from 2005 was released on Friday.
In a statement Ryan’s office said he won't defend Trump or campaign with him and that he'll spend his energy “making sure Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democrat-controlled congress."
WEAU’s political analyst John Frank says despite Trump apologizing for his comments on the 11-year-old sexually crude tape that’s thrown his campaign into crisis other Republican lawmakers are still withdrawing support.
“The bottom line is the definition of a conservative is someone who promotes traditional, moral and legal values,” explained Frank. “I mean that's the textbook definition and when you have a candidate whose behavior doesn't fit within that norm it's not unusual to have some people who are traditional conservatives pull their support because they say, "that's not what I stand for."
Senator John McCain says he can no longer support Trump and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling for him to withdraw which Frank says means Trump will have plenty of work to do moving forward.
“He needs to flip six states that right now are marginally supporting Clinton, including the state of Wisconsin,” added Frank. “So, he is really going to have to push in this final debate in order to swing those states back.”
Frank says its likely Trump and Clinton will campaign in the six swing states including Wisconsin.
In a tweet earlier this afternoon trump fired back at Paul Ryan saying Ryan should "spend more time balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time fighting the Republican nominee.