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House Speaker Paul Ryan may soon learn that there are consequences when, as a leading member of the Republican Party, he withholds his support for Donald Trump.
When asked last week by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would endorse the party’s presumptive nominee, Ryan was noncommittal, saying: “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
The Wisconsin lawmaker’s stunning answer resulted in a backlash from Trump supporters and an online petition has now been launched to have Ryan removed as the chairperson of the Republican presidential nominating convention in July.
Posted Saturday on iPetition, the petition now has over 5,000 signatures and growing… it reads:
Since Paul Ryan has reneged on his pledge to support the GOP Nominee (Donald Trump,) he should be removed as the chairperson of the Republican National Convention, in which delegates of the United States Republican Party will choose the party’s nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election will be held July 18–21, 2016.
When all is said and done, being removed from what is largely a ceremonial role may prove to be the least of Ryan’s worries.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity is leading the charge to have him removed as Speaker of the House.
“I’m not ready to support Speaker Ryan anymore,” Hannity said on his show last week while interviewing former speaker Newt Gingrich. “I’m thinking maybe we need a new speaker.”
Gingrich replied that Ryan needs to understand that he made a “mistake” by not endorsing Trump.
“He’s the Speaker of the House,” Gingrich told Hannity. “He has an obligation to unify the party. He has an obligation to reach out.”
Ryan apparently got the message, as he took to social media Friday to say that he has invited Trump to Capitol Hill to meet with GOP leadership and discuss how Trump can “bring all wings of this Republican Party together.”
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