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House Speaker Paul Ryan “hopes” to eventually back the presumptive Republican nominee, but he’s “not there right now.”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Ryan was noncommittal when asked if he would endorse Donald Trump. “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
So, what would it take for Ryan to change his mind? According to him, that ball is in Trump’s court. “I think what is required is that we unify this party. And I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee.”
Ryan would like to see Trump do more to “bring all wings of the Republican Party together.”
Tapper made the Speaker rule out any sort of run himself, then asked what the odds are of Trump becoming the nominee Ryan would like him to be. “I think it’s possible,” Ryan said, “Don’t think this is about me. This is about we the Republican party … we the conservatives, who wants a standard bearer who represents the full spectrum of conservatism, to unify the party … so we can win the election.”
If Republicans are going to win a national election, perhaps the first step might be getting solidly behind the party’s nominee.
Donald Trump responded to Ryan’s comments with an epic ‘who’s the boss now?’ comeback of his own. “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
Putting Americans first. It’s a brand-new concept for folks like Ryan, but maybe he’ll come around eventually.
Naturally, Twitter was abuzz with reactions:
— The Donald News (@TheDonaldNews) May 5, 2016
I'm not afraid of Paul Ryan. I mean, he lost a debate to THIS guy! pic.twitter.com/nULGWFcqlj
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) May 5, 2016
Republicans, there’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s NOT Paul Ryan.
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