After a 2005 audio tape leaked containing salacious talk by Trump about women Republicans abandoned Trump in droves. On Saturday McCain withdrew his endorsement, bringing the total to 54 Republican governors, congressman, and senators who no longer support Trump. The big question remained what the number one Republican in the country would do, Speaker Paul Ryan.
Speaker Ryan held a conference call for congressional members in which he said the following, CNN reports:
“The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement. In a conference call with members Monday morning, Ryan told members “you all need to do what’s best for you and your district,” according to someone who listened to the meeting.
Ryan is not technically withdrawing his support for Trump, he is instead saying that he won’t spend any time defending Trump and that congressional members should do whatever they feel is best in their district. Otherwise worded – damage control.
For those paying attention, Ryan is trying to play both sides here. If Trump by some miracle wins he doesn’t want to be on his bad side. On the other hand, he doesn’t want to be associated with Trump’s image. A textbook opportunist. Hillary sums it up perfectly:
Ryan is still endorsing Trump. https://t.co/L30EZvUbm0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 10, 2016