Speaker of the House Paul Ryan decided not to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, but the Trump campaign fired back at Ryan with an epic declaration Thursday.
“I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda,” Trump said in a statement. “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!”
Absolutely brutal — you can’t stick it to the speaker much better than that. Earlier that morning, Ryan was asked about supporting Trump.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” he told CNN.
Ryan put stipulations on his support, saying Trump must unify “all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” and run a campaign in which voters “have something that they’re proud to support and proud to be a part of.”
“And we’ve got a ways to go from here to there,” Ryan said. “We got work to do.”
Can you imagine a Republican speaker of the house turning their back on the presumptive Republican nominee in any other election cycle? There would have been outrage.
Many other Republican congressmen, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have pledged their support to Trump, while some have remained on the fence.
The Republican Party has supported their milquetoast congressional and presidential candidates, who have constantly given an inch to Democrats and then sat back to watch them take a mile, and now individuals like Ryan owe it to Trump and the Republican Party to support the people’s nominee.
The will of the people will not be dictated by the high and mighty establishment Republicans currently holding political office — so they might as well get on board.
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