Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump for President

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he will vote for Donald Trump, after weeks of withholding support for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Ryan did not explicitly say whether his vote was an endorsement, but wrote that it is Trump, not Hillary Clinton, who could help advance the House agenda.

In a column he wrote for his hometown newspaper on Wisconsin, The Gazette, Ryan wrote, “Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.”

He added, “But the House policy agenda has been the main focus of our dialogue. We’ve talked about the common ground this agenda can represent. We’ve discussed how the House can be a driver of policy ideas. We’ve talked about how important these reforms are to saving our country. And we’ve talked about how, by focusing on issues that unite Republicans, we can work together to heal the fissures developed through the primary.

“Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.”

Ryan still indicated there were areas of disagreement.

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

Ryan focused his column on an agenda Republicans in the House plan to unveil this month, what he called a “positive, optimistic vision for a more confident America.” Trump, he wrote, would be willing to sign their GOP legislation into law.

Ryan had criticized Trump during primary season, and his decision to withhold his support in the weeks after Trump became the presumptive nominee raised the possibility of an enduring split in the party. At Trump’s Anaheim rally last week, one of the speakers mentioned Ryan’s name and it drew some boos.

But Trump and Ryan met in Washington last month, and have had conversations since then. Ryan is to serve as the chair of the Republican National Convention next month.

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  1. Ruth Deutsch says:

    This Presidential race has some of the same lunacy of the governor’s race in California years ago when there was a special election and Arnold won. Only this time the stakes are much higher and many people don’t like either Hilary or Donald. Where’s our Independent Candidate to swoop in and be our hero, so we can finally use the write-in feature on the ballot and make it work? Bernie, after next Tuesday will you consider this?

    • Froggieonthehill says:

      I would rather have both testicles cut off and bleed out before I voted for a self avowed socialist/communist

      This may sound crazy or harsh but I did not spend years in the United States Military to vote for a deranged old hippy commie

  2. Fre says:

    There you go, keep drinking the Kool Aid

  3. Nanny Mo says:

    Now, will he actively support him or try and Judas him? That will be the true test of character for him.

  4. Dunstan says:

    So many social mutants, so little time. David Letterman

  5. Peter Fitzgerald says:

    Madness! Ryan’s obituary will one day point to this as one of his greatest career blunders.

  6. See me - Feel me says:

    It’s just further evidence as to the power of the con artist. Ryan is no match for Trump when it comes to his overbearing bravado and in your face BS. At the heart of every con is a great sales pitch and at close range it’s hard for a guy as weak as Ryan apparently is to resist. There was a moment when he was showing signs of having a spine that he actually seemed to care enough about this country to stand up for it, but in the end it’s lock step Republicanism at it’s finest. Principles matter and you’ve just proven you have none. “Liar, Bigot, xenophobe, cancer on the party, dangerous, not fit” all true but hey in the end he’s our guy and what’s a Speaker to do? How about grow a pair.

    • InspectorClouseu says:

      Another weenie crying the blues huh? Cruz,rubio,bush,Obama,sanders and the HILLABEAST aren’t full of bullshit??? The establishment humps and their sheep followers are in for a treat. What’s that you say? Baaaaa Baaaaaaaa

  7. Joey Smith says:

    Thank you Mr Paul Ryan we need it.

  8. Michael Anthony says:

    Coward. All these Republican’s, who I believe are quite smart, are suddenly lining up behind the “devil incarnate”, all because he’s not a Democrat. Well, he’s certainly not a Republican! I’d admire them more, if they turned their backs on him, just as the preached over the last year. Even if they list the election, they’d be stronger than ever, because they stood up for their principles.

    • InspectorClouseu says:

      Evidently you support all the establishment scumbags including Sanders and the HILLABEAST huh? Too bad. Now get on their nut job train,blow the whistle and cry to your hearts content.

  9. jimmysee says:

    Note to Paul Ryan — when you choose to lay with pigs don’t be surprised when the stench comes off on you.

    • InspectorClouseu says:

      Look -another liberal/establishment clown whining about Trump possibly being president. I bet you’re a Obongo supporter. Now go share that bathroom stall with a teansvestite.

      • jimmysee says:

        Actually another patriot fearful of a Trump presidency. For good reason as we’ve seen this week.

  10. Froggieonthehill says:

    We (The Nation) will see what happens on the first Tuesday of November but in the meantime we will all be entertained by all of the stooges in D.C.

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