In publicly announcing his support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised that he would continue to speak up when he disagreed with Trump.
It didn’t take long.
On Friday, Ryan criticized comments Trump made about the judge hearing the class action lawsuit against Trump University. Trump has said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased.
“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater,” Trump said last week, adding that Curiel was “Mexican.” Curiel, who was born in Indiana, is of Mexican heritage.
“I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Trump said this week.
Ryan, speaking on WISN’s Up Front with Vicki McKenna voiced his disapproval of that train of thought.
“Look, the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field for my mind. It’s reasoning I don’t relate to. I completely disagree with the thinking behind that,” Ryan said.
Ryan, who voiced disagreements with Trump during the GOP primary process, said Thursday he would continue to disagree with Trump.
“He clearly says and does things I don’t agree with. And I’ve had to speak up on time to time when that has occurred, and I’ll continue to do that if that’s necessary. I hope it’s not,” Ryan said Thursday.
One analyst said Ryan’s comments Friday help define what Ryan meant Thursday when he wrote a guest column saying he would vote for Trump.
“Ryan hasn’t made any indication that he’ll help Trump out on the campaign trail, he’s not publicly supporting any of Trump’s policies, and he doesn’t approve of his confrontational style,” wrote Matt Palumbo on Allen B. West. “In other words, Ryan’s endorsement simply seems to mean that he’s voting for Trump – but not much else.”
h/t: The Hill