BREAKING The slow-motion car wreck that is #NeverTrump just won’t come to an end. Watching the Republican establishment alternately denounce, then endorse (then denounce again) the party’s chosen nominee has confirmed for many GOP voters that they just can’t be trusted.
Paul Ryan was one of those who withdrew his endorsement of Donald Trump after the leak of an 11-year-old “locker room talk” tape. He even disinvited the nominee from a campaign event the day the audio came out. This provided another demonstration of how out of touch the Republican elite are with what was once their base: At the event, Ryan was greeted by a crowd shouting “Trump!”
Fox News reports:
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., used a conference call with Republican members of the House to tell them he would not be defending Trump — telling members “you all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” according to a source familiar with the call.
Ryan said he will not defend Trump or his campaign for the next 30 days, and instead will spend his entire energy making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democratic-controlled Congress. He said he won’t be campaigning with the Republican nominee either.
He added that his decisions are being driven by what’s best for his members, not himself. He said that he is willing to endure political pressure to help protect the majority in the House.
Yet as others were quick to point out, Ryan was the one who rationalized and pushed through Obama’s trillion-dollar “omnibus” bill. If he couldn’t be relied upon to oppose that “blank check,” why should Republican voters trust him now?
No, this move is obviously a tone deaf attempt by Ryan to disassociate himself with Donald Trump and try to save his own skin. The GOP base knows this, and they won’t forget it.
Source: Allen B. West