Ryan to House lawmakers: I ‘won’t defend Trump’

by JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN | Politico  |  published on October 10, 2016

Paul RyanSpeaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans on a conference call Monday morning he is done defending Donald Trump and will focus on keeping an increasingly imperiled House majority, according to sources on the call.

Ryan said he “won’t defend Trump” and that he has no plans to campaign with the GOP presidential nominee before Election Day, according to sources on the call.
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Ryan added that if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, a Republican Congress is needed to act as a check on her.

The speaker, however, did not formally revoke his endorsement of Trump, which the Clinton campaign pointed out on her official Twitter account after the call.

Ryan told members “you all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” said a source on the call, giving rank-and-file lawmakers political cover to disavow Trump.

  • Bob

    Mr. Ryan – For the past 20 years, the GOP Elitist have waddled out one weak candidate after another, and DEMANDED “Party Loyalty” for us to vote for them. Remember Bob Dole vs. Bill Clinton? How about John McCain vs. Obama, or your weak showing in 2012? You DEMANDED loyalty from the people, At the beginning of this cycle, you DEMAMDED a loyalty pledged from all candidates, including Trump. You lambasted him when he was reluctant to sign on to the pledge. Now how has he been treated? You and the Elites have been against his run from the jump, mainly because we, the unwashed “basket of deplorables” made the choice instead of you well read gentlemen in your country clubs. Guess what? HE WON. Now you would rather jump to the Hillary/media trap of going after him for an 11 year old recording rather than go after Hillary for her statements made WHILE RUNNING FOR OFFICE. You would rather allow that woman to become President, setting the country back 20 years, than support the man you DEMANDED support you. My plan this year is to vote for Trump and against any other Republican running for the House or Senate. How will it feel to become the GOP version of “One Term Pelosi”, almost former Speaker Ryan?

  • Sandra Holstein

    Well Ryan, I will NEVER support you again either. I was one of those who worked very hard for Rupublican control in Nov 2014 – what is sad about that, no one did anything to stop obama…you included.

  • Rodney Steward

    The Rep. party is a mess, divided as bad as the country! Now that they’ve had the house all they’ve done is kiss Obama’s butt on everything and line up for pony rides in his lap, and McCain, McConnell and Graham being his favorite lap dawgs of all! Sorry Reps. but you’ve screwed yourselves, for once do something right and back Trump!!

  • Stikit

    By the way Ryan…take a look at the people that are with you on this. Take a good look! Because this is what the party will look like the next election, if Trump loses. But, you won’t be one of them!!

  • Stikit

    Furthermore…the way Trump goes…is the way the house and senate goes. If Trump goes…You go!!

  • Stikit

    Ryan…you don’t defend anything that we represent. Your failed speakership is the reason we support Trump. We have no use for you. You do not defend our principles, especially when you won’t defend our candidate. Your the one assisting in the destruction of our American values, by locking arms with “Corrupt Clinton”. Why don’t you give back the money Trump has funded you…you don’t deserve it!

  • Mys77

    Ryan is such a two faced coward….

  • Robert Mix

    This is so typical of our so-called Republican “leadership.” Jump ship at the slightest hint of controversy instead of standing up for Trump as he should. It was just harmless banter. Unlike BILL, who actually raped many women.

  • Jean Langford M.


  • BOC

    What a relief! Outside of Wisconsin, his cred is absolutely zero! A RINO POS Traitor who’s complicity in flushing this country down the toilet ranks up there with his butt buddy Barry O!

    • BOC

      And while you’re at it you Metro-Sexual Pussy, wipe Obama’s spunk off your chin!

  • Rich


  • Niko

    Ryan is a two face, sniveling, cowering, backstabbing, bastard. He says we need a majority of Rinos yes Rinos to keep a check on an elected CUNTLERY-HITLARY administration. I say what have you done since you have been speaker OF if the house. Not a DAMN THING, but give fags, muslimes, socialists and dumbo ” ear flapping” scumbucket obumbo and his ilk everthing they have wanted. You are all for bringing more muslimes into America meanwhile you send your kids to an affluent and prestiges parochial school so your kids do not have to deal with any muslime filth. You are all for open borders and no walls for America’s protection but you put up a 10′ wrought iron fence around your whole property to keep people out. You are one TREASONOUS BASTARD and deserve a brick wall and a stomach full of hot lead!!!!!!.

  • Luke

    ryan’s endorsement hurts Trump IMO, if I were Trump I would reject his endorsement and tell the other congressmen to stand by him if they want to be re-elected
    ryan has not stood up to the muslim in the WH so why do we think he would stand up to the liar and criminal clintoon..

  • Stephen Howe

    The sniveling RINOs somehow believe that their electorate will reward their congressmen’s throwing America’s last hope under the bus, and swearing TO VOTE FOR HILLARY by re-electing these traitors.

    Trump will prevail, as he’s done all along, for the past few years, throughout every primary when every corner of the liberal media incessantly trumpeted how Trump will NEVER win…will never get the nomination…etc. Americans have witnessed the shameful spectacle of our marxist media telling us WHAT TO THINK & HOW TO VOTE, and will react by electing Trump in a landslide which will mystify & infuriate pundits for years to come. “How could this happen? This is not who we are? This is the 21st Century…?”

    • Niko

      This is why it is happening, because it is the 21st century. I am sure you are well aware of the saying: history repeats itself. Unless the good stand up and cleanse the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants!!!!!

      • Born in the South and proud

        Amen, Niko 100% right on.

        • Niko

          Thanks fur your input, 4th generation born in NYC, ready to leave for the South!!!!!.

          • Rodney Steward

            You’ll get here in time for Deer season, be in soon!

          • Niko

            Rodney, thanks for the text. I go hunting for deer in Pennsylvania, have for over 30 years. This city boy is at home in the forest.!!!!!. I will miss out this season because of multiple cervical fusion surgery coming up in mid November. God bless and hopefully you get yourself a buck or two!!!!!.

          • Rodney Steward

            I hope all goes well my friend, you’ll be up for a while! Had my back worked on a couple of times and I’ve done well, just have to watch how I pick up things! Again, good luck, take care, and God Bless, and I need 2 to hold me till next year! 🙂

  • TAM44

    ryan paul, when Mr. Trump wins you’ll be voted out and a real man will replace your democrat butt you sorry scumbag.

  • Genevieve

    Ryan is weak and heads for the hills when something happens. He doesn’t know how to handle things like he should. Also, he knows Hillary is behind something from 11 yrs ago. People do say things in private they would not ordinarily say in public, just ask Hillary, she is a good one for that. Trump for President Nov 2016

    • Born in the South and proud

      I also fail to understand how these idiots can be so insulted by anything Trump did or said, but can not bring their selves to be insulted by worse things that hillr the killr does. They should be honest enough to admit that they are closet democrats and support Clinton even though she would be the worst thing to happen to this country in history and after the last 8 years that is a huge thing to say. These guys are bald face liars to say or act like they have never been part of a sexual conversation about women and their fantasies. Women do the same thing, its all right ladies you can quit being insulted.
      Great debate last night, I think Trump won big time.
      Trump 2016 God Bless America

      • parthenon1

        My favorite accurate saying is “American by the Grace of God, Southern by Choice” its so true!

  • Dennis B Anderson

    The laziest man on a work crew is the first one to the water bucket. Ryan came on like gang busters, but showed up firing blanks. What is it with these guys they act like they are some kind of special. Anyone can sit and do nothing Ryan thats not what you were hired for. You will be replaced. Another brown nosed Washington Bull $cheieit Artist.

  • parthenon1

    Ryan is a RINO Weakling !

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