Everyone following politics knows that Donald Trump’s relationship with the current Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has been a bit…strained.
First Ryan stalled in his endorsement of Trump, and once Ryan endorsed him he continued attacking Trump on his positions. Even though unity seemed to have been achieved at the convention, mistrust still simmered between these two power brokers.
Earlier this week the media dredged up more drama by asking Trump if he would endorse Paul Ryan in what has become a too close to call primary against Paul Nehlen, an outspoken challenger. Trump said he was not ready to endorse yet, and also refused to endorse Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte for the time being in their reelection bids.
Then the surprising news broke this evening at a Trump rally in Wisconsin. Breitbart reports:
“We need unity,” the New Yorker stated. “This campaign is not about me or any one candidate — it’s about America.”
“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together towards victory,” Trump added. “In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,” the Republican nominee declared, saying Ryan is a “good man.”
“While I’m at it,” Trump went on, “I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain.”
Trump said he fully supported and endorsed McCain as well as Ayotte, both of whom he hesitated to endorse earlier in the week.
So Donald Trump swooped in and repaired the rift. He may have recognized that if the Republican Speaker of the House loses his primary race, it might have wide-ranging impact on retaining the House, which Trump needs to accomplish his presidential agenda. We’ll have to wait and see how the race turns out Tuesday and whether Trump’s endorsement will push Ryan over the finish line.
If the media continues to crow about a lack of unity in the Republican party, they only need to be reminded that here Trump mended fences and moved the party together towards November.