If 15,000 Trump supporters have their way, House Speaker Paul Ryan will be watching the Republican National Convention from the comfort of a Wisconsin couch as opposed to leading it as the convention chair.
According to a petition at iPetitions.com, Ryan should step down because of his refusal to support Trump as the nominee.
Last week, Speaker Ryan said he was “not ready” to lend his support to Trump as the party’s nominee, despite the fact that the exit of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich from the race had all but given the nomination to Trump.
“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,” the rather ungrammatical online petition read.
What the petition lacked in the King’s English it made up for in support, though. Although it had a goal of 1,000 signatures to remove Ryan from chair of the convention, it has obtained almost 16,000 names since May 7.
It also attracted its fair share of scathing comments, as well.
“As a Republican we should support who ever the people choose to represent us,” signatory Patricia Kelly wrote.
“Get out of here. Time for a new speaker loyal to the American people,” Valentin Ilitescu of Brooklyn said.
And Patt Swanson of Modesto, California wrote, “Need a fair and unbiased chairman. Step down Ryan.”
If Ryan wants to stab the party’s choice in the back, why bother to show up at the convention? Cleveland isn’t exactly Paris on the Erie; he could probably do better when it comes to tourism. If he wants to stab Trump in the back, why not just go to the Democrat convention? After all, that’d show his true colors.
And if Ryan wants to hang on to the power he’s accumulated over the years, sorry. Donald Trump’s supporters have already seen to neutering him on that front.
You’re either on or off the Trump Train, Speaker Ryan.
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