With Trump as the final remaining candidate in the Republican race, higher-ups in the Party ranks are now faced with an incredibly difficult question as to whether or not they will back the Party’s presumptive nominee. GOP figureheads such as Mitt Romney and George H.W. Bush have said that they will not even attend the RNC convention this summer out of frustration with the fact that Trump will almost surely be representing the Party in November. Now, House Speaker Paul Ryan has chimed in on the matter, claiming that not even he is ready to support the Republican nominee.
Speaking with Jake Tapper, the Republican House Speaker stated that he was “not quite ready” to toss his support behind Trump. “At this point I’m just not there right now,” he said with frustration.
Ryan asserted that the GOP deserves a “standard-bearer that bears our standards,” implying that Trump’s values are not in line with those of the Republican Party and its leadership. Just months ago, Ryan delivered a speech condemning Trump’s bigotry, without actually naming the candidate. “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government. This is fundamental. And if someone wants to be our nominee, they must understand this.” It was abundantly clear as to whom he was referring, and it appears that the Speaker still holds the same sentiments toward Trump.
Ryan clarified that he would not be able to offer any support for Trump until the candidate demonstrated that he would be able to maintain unity within the Party and was unwaveringly supporting conservative values.
What do you think about the fact that one of the highest members of the Republican Party is not even supporting Trump? Will this affect Donald in November?