He calls for unity of the Republican Party – but stands for division!
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper today, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s just “not ready yet” to fully support Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee.
Ryan is the highest-level GOP official to withhold his support. He told CNN he hopes to “eventually” back Trump and “be a part of the unifying process.”
Jake asked Ryan, “You have said throughout this process that you will support the Republican presidential nominee – now you have a presumptive nominee – will you support him?”
Ryan answered, “I’m just not there yet.”
“The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee,” Ryan said. “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 that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans.”
He continued: “And so, I think what 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.”
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