Taking a break from pillorying the Khan family, Donald Trump has turned his attention back to his fellow Republicans stating he would not back House Speaker Paul Ryan nor Senators John McCain & Kelly Ayotte in their re-election bids.
Of the three refusals, Ryan is the most interesting. Trump indicated he was “not there yet” much in the way Ryan said of Trump three months ago. But a week later, Ryan met with Trump and they issued a joint statement which read in part:
We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.
Well, so much for Trump being totally being committed to working together with Ryan. Mind you, less than three weeks ago Ryan was making the case that not voting for Trump is a vote for Hillary.
Trump has now seen fit to reward Ryan’s cooperation by praising his primary opponent Paul Nehlen. Will Trump endorse Nehlen or does he simply want more from Ryan? For his part, Ryan is saying he didn’t ask for an endorsement from Trump. I’m sure Ryan would rather that Trump endorse his Nehlen because it would free him from his obligation to support Trump. If that is the case then I don’t blame Ryan a bit. With all of Trump’s vitriol, I can’t getting an endorsement from Trump is about as welcome as being told you’ve been diagnosed with cancer.