In a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked if he would endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, and his answer was shady at best. After hearing about the Speaker’s remarks, Trump fired back with comments of his own, and Ryan can’t be too happy about them.
Ryan said that he “hopes” that he’ll be able to get behind Trump in the coming months, but that he’s “not there right now,” CNN reported.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point,” he said. “I’m not there right now.”
Ryan pretty much said that it’s up to Trump to woo his support as the presumptive nominee, who carries that “burden” on their own.
“I think what is required is that we unify this party,” said Ryan. “And I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee.”
After making Ryan rule out any sort of run himself, Tapper pressed the Wisconsin representative about whether or not Trump could become the nominee that he wants him to be. His answer probably won’t sit well with GOP voters.
“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.”
What Ryan seems to be forgetting is that the best thing for the Republican Party would be winning the White House, which means that the next best thing would be to get behind the party’s nominee. When Trump responded, he was sure to remind him of that while letting him know who the new head honcho is.
Check out his statement:
“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!”
Boom! Putting the American people first is a concept lost on the likes of Ryan, who’s been complacent as we’ve been screwed at every turn by Obama and the Democrats. But that right there is why Trump’s so popular, and it’s going to be what carries him to a landslide victory in November.