Illinois Working Together Statement on Bruce Rauner's Support for Donald Trump: Despite Political Games, Rauner Stands With Trump


Monday July 18, 2016
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner's support for Donald Trump:

"Governor Rauner has repeatedly indicated that he is supporting Donald Trump for president, through both his words and his actions. If Governor Rauner does not support Donald Trump, he could simply say so at any time. Instead, the governor continues to play political games, parsing his words and laughing off even the most basic questions about his support for Trump. Regardless of where Governor Rauner is this week, it is clear that he continues to stand with Donald Trump."

As the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland, Governor Bruce Rauner continues to refuse to discuss his support for GOP nominee Donald Trump. The governor has repeatedly laughed off questions about Trump, stating that he's "said everything [he's] going to say" about the presidential election. If Bruce Rauner refuses to say anything new about Donald Trump's toxic, divisive campaign, let's take a look at what the governor has said so far:

  • In March, Rauner said he would support Trump as the nominee and "would do everything he can to work with that nominee." When asked why, Rauner said it was because he was the "leader of the Republican party in Illinois."
  • In early May, Rauner's camp said even though the governor would not give Trump a "formal endorsement", there were "levels of 'support'" between politicians. Rauner never clarified his "levels of support" idea or indicated at which level he supported Trump.
  • In late May, Rauner told the Illinois Republican convention "Republicans are gonna control our federal government in every office...Now is the time to come together, now is the time to unite, up and down the ticket...What we can’t do is let Hillary get in the White House.”
  • Last week, the Illinois Republican Party made a statement that it was "committed to supporting the Republican nominee, Donald Trump." Today, the Illinois Republican Party Chairman said the state party was "in lockstep" with Trump and Trump's Illinois co-chair said "the leadership of the party" was "absolutely unified behind Donald Trump." Rauner's campaign has given the Illinois Republican Party more than $6 million in 2016 alone - almost 95% of the total amount raised by the party this year - and Rauner described himself as the "leader of the Republican Party in Illinois."
  • Other prominent Republicans, both in Illinois and across the country, have made clear public statements indicating that they do not support Trump. Rauner has made no such statement, instead simply refusing to speak.


About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

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