Ryan not yet willing to back Trump

  • 6 May 2016
  • NormanL
Ryan not yet willing to back Trump

A number of Republicans are still in shock that Donald Trump has become the last candidate standing in the race for the party's presidential nomination. While some have dutifuly said they will support Trump in the general election against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, others aren't ready to do so. Including House Speaker Paul Ryan:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who will serve as the chairman of the Republican National Convention in July, says he cannot support Donald Trump for president—at least not yet. 

The statement by Ryan, who was the party's 2012 vice presidential nominee, indicates just how divisive Trump remains within his own party, even as he has become the GOP's presumptive nominee. And it represents a turn, of sorts, for Ryan, who, despite delivering several blistering implicit criticisms of Trump's comments throughout the campaign, has previously said that he planned to support the GOP nominee, whoever that person is. 

Asked directly by CNN's Jake Tapper this afternoon, Ryan said, "Right now, no. There's some work to be done here."

What, specifically, caused Ryan to withhold his support? The Speaker declined to specify, saying, "I don't want to go back and roll the tape."

We expect Ryan will change his tune, if only for the sake of appearances. But make no mistake: official Washington is still dazed, confused, and angry over Trump's roll through the primaries. Neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush will endorse or take any part in the 2016 race. Other members of Congress, like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, are openly hostile to Trump.

We'll see how this plays out in the weeks ahead. But for now, there is no unity in the GOP.