GOP senate candidate dismisses 'fake outrage' over remarks against Democratic veterans
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Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is now dismissing the "fake outrage" over his comments questioning veterans for aligning with the Democratic Party — a party he says rejects the Constitution. 

In a controversial radio interview last week, the Wisconsin candidate questioned the "cognitive thought process" of Democrats who serve in the military, an act he said is fundamentally conservative.

The comments drew significant backlash from politicians on both sides of the aisle, but Nicholson now says their criticism was unwarranted.

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"Liberal politicians that are begging for apologies are just trying to cover up for their own mistakes and their own missteps," Nicholson told CNN. "No one in America is happy right now with career politicians that are constantly feigning fake outrage and not doing their jobs, which is solving problem." 

While Nicholson said he respects all veterans' service, he reaffirmed his commitment to "challenge thought processes that I think lead to the wrong conclusion." 

Nicholson is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds MORE in Wisconsin. He trails state Sen. Leah Vukmir, who received the state party's endorsement on Saturday ahead of the party primary. 

Despite being condemned for his comments by Republican veterans who support his primary opponent, Nicholson said he is optimistic his outsider message and well-funded campaign will secure his nomination.