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On that score, Kevin Nicholson hit his primary revival, Leah Vukmir, in an online video that was posted Aug. 1, 2018. The winner of their Aug. 14, 2018 primary will face Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Nicholson’s 30-second ad shows clips of Vukmir criticizing Trump, including saying Trump is offensive to different groups of people. It starts -- and ends -- with Vukmir saying:
"I’m not endorsing Donald Trump."
That leaves the impression that Vukmir never endorsed Trump for president. But she she eventually did -- prominently.
And she backs Trump today.
All of our fact checks in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race.
The clips of Vukmir criticizing Trump are from March 2016, prior to Wisconsin’s primary election in April 2016. Trump lost that contest by 13 points to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But, of course, Trump went on to win the GOP nomination before defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 general election.
OK, now let’s track Vukmir.
(For his part, Nicholson wasn’t an original Trump supporter, either. He supported Rubio initially, but said he voted for Trump in the primary.)
That’s completely left out of Nicholson’s ad.
What’s more, since it is running in the days prior to the election, it makes it seem as if this is Vukmir’s current position. It’s not.
(Note: We’ve rated as False a claim by Vukmir that "I have always been there with" Donald Trump.)
Nicholson says that Vukmir said: "I’m not endorsing Donald Trump."
But that was before Trump became the GOP nominee for president in 2016. After he won the nomination, Vukmir endorsed Trump and prominently supported him, as she does today.
We rate Nicholson’s claim False.
YouTube, Kevin Nicholson campaign video, Aug. 1, 2018
Email, Kevin Nicholson campaign spokeswoman Ronica Cleary, Aug. 7, 2018
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin U.S. Senate race: Leah Vukmir blasts Kevin Nicholson as both claim to be top backer of Donald Trump," Aug. 7, 2018
Wisconsin State Journal, "GOP US Senate primary turns brutal over who's more loyal to Donald Trump," Aug. 1, 2018
Associated Press, "Senate hopeful Vukmir reaffirms support for Trump in new ad," Aug. 6, 2018
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir once bashed Trump. Are GOP voters OK with that?" Aug. 2, 2018
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