JANESVILLE, Wis. — Speaker Paul Ryan swiped back at Donald Trump on Thursday, suggesting he doesn’t need the GOP nominee’s endorsement to win his primary and saying Trump has “had a pretty strange run since the convention.”
On a Wisconsin talk show, the Wisconsin Republican dismissed Trump’s recent refusal to endorse him as no big deal.
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“The only endorsements I want are the ones of my own employers in the 1st Congressional District,” he told WTAQ’s “The Jerry Bader Show.”
Pressed how he could continue to support a candidate he has to call out often, Ryan again criticized Trump for his feud with a Muslim family who lost their son in the Iraq War, saying it was “beyond the pale.”
“You don’t do that to Gold Star families,” he said of the Khan feud. “You honor Gold Star families. … Those comments were beyond the pale, so I called it out.”
Ryan said he doesn’t like checking Trump but will do it to protect the party: “I don’t want to do this, but I will do this in order to defend Republican principals so people don’t think we think like that.”
After largely ignoring his long-shot primary challenger Paul Nehlen, who fashions himself as a mini-Donald Trump, Ryan essentially called him a liar buoyed by out-of-state interests that do not represent Wisconsin.
“The guy who is running against me is making this stuff up… trying to make it stick,” Ryan said. “I feel very good where we are, and the fact that he has to make this stuff up and embellish like this shows desperation.”
Nehlen has accused Ryan of being “more aligned with Continue Reading