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.
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.
Clinton reaches out to Republicans disenchanted w/Trump: “I invite a lot of the Republicans and independents” to get on the American team.
— David Chalian (@DavidChalian) May 4, 2016