Paul Ryan, Other Republican Leaders Take a Dramatic Stand on Trump

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Thursday that “Im just not ready at this point” to back Donald Trump, after the question was asked by Jake Tapper on The Lead. The Speaker said, “I’m just not there right now.”

He is the highest level GOP official to reject Trump – for now.

The established Republicans to the left and right never did understand how Donald Trump was able to tap into the pulse of many in the party. As a result, they didn’t respond in time to challenge Trump. Now what do they do? Try to bring him around?

Unfortunately, they’ve been markedly tone deaf, leaving people to seek out the toughest candidate to try and reverse the damage done by the left.

Trump’s views are ever-changing on a number of issues and, not being ideological, limited government, the Constitution, many of his views on NATO, the minimum wage, healthcare el al are not Republican values.

Ryan wants to know “that he will advance the appreciation for the limited government and the constitution and for the proper role of the executive and the principles not built on the party but the country and how we’re going to offer the solutions and run a campaign that they’re proud of. Yeah, looking back on the primary campaign, they’re in stances and episodes that question that and that’s why at this point I am not ready to jump in. I am hoping that I can get there. That’s my goal.”

Ryan said we need to learn from Trump. People are sending a message and we need to listen.

He did say he hopes to eventually back Trump and “to be part of this unifying process.” The first moves have to come from Trump, he added. The Wisconsin senator wants Trump to unify “all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” and then run a campaign that will allow Americans to “have something that they’re proud to support and proud to be part of.”

“And we got a ways to go from here to there,” he added.

When asked if Trump’s temporary Muslim ban and his opposition to free trade and call to deport millions of illegal aliens would prevent him from supporting him, Ryan simply said, “We got work to do.”

Ryan said, “The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee. I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished, but he also inherits something very special, that’s very special to a lot of us. This is the party of Lincoln and Reagan and Jack Kemp. And we don’t always nominate a Lincoln or a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln or Reagan-esque…that the person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans.”

“And so, I think why is necessary to make this work, for this to unify, is to actually take our principles and advance them. And that’s what we want to see. Saying we’re unified doesn’t in and of itself unify us, but actually taking the principles that we all believe in, showing that there’s a dedication to those, and running a principled campaign that Republicans can be proud about and that can actually appeal to a majority of Americans–that, to me, is what it takes to unify this party.”

Ryan has been concerned about Trump’s campaign for months.

When Trump said he would ban Muslims, Ryan said it is “not who we are as a party” and it is “not conservatism.” Muslims, he said, are out biggest allies in the struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror.

That may be true but Trump is resonating with his base because some Muslims are coming into the country when we know they cannot be vetted.

The Speaker hopes to eventually support Trump fully and simply wants to save the country

“Look, I am just a guy giving you my peace of mind. I’m a life long conservative that feels passionate about the principles and how they’re necessary to save the country and get us on the right track. We’re on the wrong track with the country and we will stay on this road much further with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

In March, Trump said Ryan can either “get along with me” or “pay a big price.” Today, Trump said he cannot yet support the presumptive Republican nominee. “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!”

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would back Trump.

George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney will not attend the GOP convention in Cleveland.

Freddy Ford, George W. Bush’s personal aide, told People magazine, “President Bush has no plans to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.”

Both Bush’s are remaining silent on the Trump campaign but none of the Bush’s are expected to endorse Trump, especially after his treatment of Jeb.

In early April, Mrs. Bush hinted that she would support Hillary Clinton for the presidency.

George Bush hugs Hillary at Nancy Reagan's funeral.
George Bush hugs Hillary at Nancy Reagan’s funeral.

For his part, Trump is saying he doesn’t need every Republican to back him.

“I don’t think it’s imperative that the entire party come together. I don’t want everybody,” he said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

“I don’t even want certain people that were extraordinarily nasty. Let them go their own way. Let them wait eight years or let them wait 16 years or whatever, because I think we’re going to have a great success against, probably Hillary …”

Nebraska Tea Party candidate Ben Sasse said it’s still never Trump. He is looking to a Third Party.

Tony Fratto, a former deputy press secretary to President George W. Bush, tweeted, “For the thick-headed: #NeverTrump means never ever ever ever ever under any circumstances as long as I have breath never Trump. Get it?”

Mark Salter, strategist for John McCain,tweeted, “the GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.”

Conservative talk show host Steave Deace tweeted, “Apparently @secupp has a #NeverTrump list to see who keeps their word to the end. You can sign my name in blood.”

Erick Erickson, founder of Redstate, said, “I could no more vote for Donald Trump for president than I could David Duke,” wrote Erickson. “From here on out, it will be somewhat refreshing to cover this race while hating them all.

“This is going to end badly for the GOP. Everyone knows it — Republican leaders included — everyone knows it except Donald Trump’s supporters.”

Hillary is calling for Republicans to join her team.

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  1. Paul go get your ears cropped before you blow away I thought they were retiring elephants from the World’s Greatest Show

  2. Paul get your ears cropped before you blow away.. I thought they retired the elephants from the World’s Greatest Show.

  3. You don’t understand, we are tired of your bull crap hope you are the next one to go

    • I CONCUR, RYAN, JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE WASHINGTON POLITICIANS, ARE MEMBERS OF THE GOOD OLE BOY CLUB. TRUMP IS NOT, AND BECAUSE HE IS NOT A POLISHED SPEAKER, HE SOUNDS A LITTLE RAW. BUT HE IS OUR ONLY HOPE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THIS COUNTRY. WASHINGTON JUST DOESN’T GET IT, WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING LIED TO! TRUMP WILL RID OUR NATIONS CAPITOL OF ALL THE ROTTEN CORUPTION, AND ONCE AGAIN WE WILL BE, “A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. AND WITH TRUMP AS OUR PRESIDENT, THIS GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH !

  4. I think Pauly boy has a inflated view of his influence. I’ll think for myself. Thanks

  5. I have been a Republican all my life. And finally we have a candidate in Mr Trump that I beleive in. Ryan McCain Bush and all the other traitors can go straight to hell, no one in the constituency cares weather or not you support Trump. The people of this country are tired of the BS. And if Mr Trump can’t get the job done then his ass will be fired also.

  6. Mr. ryan i will remind you that you and the rest of the do nothing career politicians of the gop are the exact reason trump is popular. you guys have sat on your collective asses collecting a check and done nothing to stop obama`s horrible assult on our nation. for the last 7 years. you dont even have the balls to stop the SOB from dumping syrian refugees on us knowing there are terrorist mixed in amoung them. you let millions of ilegals jump the border drive down the working classes wages and do not a dam thing about it. you have no balls you have no morals, you only have lip service for conservitism, then vote with the dam liberals to get your back room deals passed. ou make me sick and most of our party sick thats why we backed trump.you want to talk shit about trump lets talk about you sob`s that drove your party to him. we want term limits to get rid of you lazy cowards. we want the federal government cut back way the hell back like lets say 50% over the next 10 years. we want campaign finance reforms [real this time] no dam super pacs only private donations 10 k limit per person or company, or organization. and thats all. we want fair trade deals not deals where you asshole sold us out to the dam chineese or whoever. in short we want some men of stature and moral substance to step up and lead this country and do whats right for the people not your dam campaign fund or pocket after you leave office. you and all those like you in the senate and congress are the very reason trump is the peoples choice , because he cant be worse then you SOB`s

  7. It’s about limited government and “the constitution.” Really Mr. Speaker? To wit I have two words: Omnibus Bill.
    Just to name a few of the wholly unconstitutional Obama initiatives FULLY FUNDED by Ryan’s Republican House: Illegal Amnesty, the Syrian refugee program, Sanctuary Cities, Planned Parenthood (federally funded abortions and all), DACA with many millions set aside for the next tsunami wave of illegals. Not funded? Money for border security.

    These UNCONSTITUTIONAL initiatives, all Obama and the anti-American Left. The fact remains, Ryan and his House FUNDING these illegal acts, makes the very act (of funding them) JUST as treasonous as the man who proposed them. It also made Obama so filled with joy, he called Ryan personally to thank him.

    This after, with the heavy lifting by the conservative core of the GOP, those who the Establishment love to bits day before elections, and tear into the day after, gave the Republicans more national seats of power since before the Great Depression.

    Now tell me again how these “good Conservatives,” are doing a bang up job and why in the world we should trust in anything they have to say.

  8. You are upset the voice of the people is finally being herd now it time to put on your big boy pants and stand with the Republican nominee and help make America great again or get voted out on you ass

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