Whether a member of the House or Senate, whether an active Governor or former Governor, there is one of 4 positions a Republican politician can take when it comes to Donald Trump.
1. BECOME A HUGE SUPPORTER.
A very small group of politicians like Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have embraced Trump without hesitation. This is because: (A) they seek to be rewarded by President Trump, (B) they seek the spotlight that comes with standing at Trump’s side, (C) they believe the People want something new, and or (D) they know to do otherwise can be political suicide.
2. BECOME A HUGE HATER.
A very small group of politicians like former Governor Mitt Romney, and Senator Lindsey Graham have vowed to remain part of the NEVER TRUMP movement. This is because: (A) they do not trust Trump, (B) they want open borders, and or (C) they don’t care about the future of their political career as much as they want to be able to say, “I told you so” if Hillary wins the election.
3. REMAIN SILENT.
The majority of politicians fall into this group.
4. REMAIN OPEN TO SPEAK OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF THE MOUTH.
This is where House Speaker Paul Ryan fits. He has publicly stated his disliking for some of Trump’s policies (e.g., the wall, and a ban on muslims), he has slammed Trump’s style of messaging, but he remains open to backing Trump as the nominee later on. In short, Ryan is a typical politician.
Today, Ryan will meet with Donald Trump. Will Paul Ryan offer his support to unify the GOP and head into November as one team ready to battle Hillary? Or will he reject Trump and fall into the Never Trump bucket? The answer is easy. Ryan will create a 5th category: Support Trump But Hold Your Nose.
Both men will come out of today’s meeting all smiles. They will tell the press they both admire each other and they vow to work towards beating Hillary. Ryan will do this because he has no choice. He knows his role as Speaker depends on it. He knows his political career is finished if the GOP goes into November a splintered party and loses to Clinton.
Meanwhile, Trump knows how to cut deals. He knows it’s important to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Plus, Trump wants to come across as the great unifier. He sees himself as the new face of the GOP and he loves putting his face and name on things that win.
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