Monday, October 10, 2016
Ryan Dumps Trump
Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, today told his fellow Republicans who are running for re-election to do what they have to do to distance themselves from Trump-- IOW, save your own hides and forget the embarrassment we, the GOP, endorsed for POTUS.
So what Trump has left is his rabid base who, just today at a Trump rally, were screaming at the top of their bloody throats, "LOCK HER UP!" -- a follow-up to Trump's insane promise at last night's debate to put Hillary in jail.
Trump has lost the support of dozens of Republicans from his own party, and now Speaker Ryan is all but letting him twist in the wind.
Not one major newspaper has endorsed Trump, and many newspapers that have never endorsed a Democrat have endorsed Hillary.
From Talking Points Memo:
It Begins: Trump Takes Swipe At Ryan After He Essentially Concedes To Clinton
It was clear. Trump's campaign was on its own as congressional Republicans just tried to stem the bleeding.
Ryan explicitly said during a call with members Monday that he was not unendorsing Trump; however, he also said he was not going to be campaigning with the nominee. Instead, he was going to invest his resources in ensuring the Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives.
Ryan spoke on the call with members after a tape from 2005 surfaced Friday recording Trump talking about grabbing women's genitals. Ryan subsequently uninvited Trump to appear with him at a rally Saturday in Wisconsin, but Ryan said little about the tape aside from admonishing Trump for it.
Monday was the first time Ryan spoke about the state of his endorsement. While Ryan has said that he isn't taking his endorsement away at the moment, the Republican conference is divided over how Ryan has handled Trump's tape. During the call Monday morning, one Republican congressman who spoke to TPM on background said that some members were criticizing Ryan openly for not standing by Trump.
One member, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) blasted Ryan for essentially ceding the election to Hillary Clinton.