The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party released a statement Monday night defending House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment MORE and the work he’s done for his home state. 


Ryan has distanced himself from GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE, drawing harsh criticism from Trump and his supporters. 

Ahead of a Monday evening rally in Green Bay, Trump took to Twitter to attack Ryan for “always fighting the Republican nominee!” He also said Ryan “doesn’t know how to win.”

Though Trump largely stayed away from attacking Ryan on his home turf Monday, the crowd at the rally chanted “Ryan sucks!” ahead of his remarks.

Brad Courtney of the state GOP defended Ryan in a statement, saying the Wisconsin Republican party is "incredibly proud and fully supportive" of Ryan and said his investments in the party's ground game will "enable great candidates like Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies Trump's early endorsements reveal GOP rift The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, Mike Gallagher and Donald Trump to win elections here in Wisconsin."