The Paul Ryan v Trump rift is continuing to grow. In an interview aired on NBC on Sunday, the Speaker of the House refused to encourage others in his party to vote for him.
“The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience. Of course I wouldn’t do that,” the Wisconsin Republican said.
Ryan has said that he backs Trump, but has deep differences with him. The House Speaker said that he feels that it is his duty as a leader of his party to promote unity.
“I feel as a responsibility institutionally as the Speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party. Because you know what I know that’ll do? That’ll definitely knock us out of the White House,” Ryan continued.
This tepid endorsement comes just days after Ryan threatened to sue Donald Trump over his proposed ban on Muslims.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” he said.
Several Republicans have decided to rescind their endorsements of Donald Trump, but so far, it does not seem likely that the differences in Ryan v. Trump will lead to such a breach.
“I don’t know what that line is,” Ryan said, “but right now, I want to make sure that we win the White House.”
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