Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) both cast their ballots for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in their respective state’s early voting period. Both men have a contentious history with Trump, but ultimately promised to vote along party lines.
Ryan’s resigned disapproval of Trump has led to a election season full of headlines and commentary discussing the Speaker’s testy relationship with the real estate magnate.
Most recently, Ryan has refused to appear in public with Trump after the Access Hollywood tape leaked and Trump’s lewd comments about women were revealed. In a statement, the Speaker said he was “sickened” and uninvited Trump to a campaign event in his state:
“I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”
The revelations about Trump’s so called “locker room talk” did not stop Ryan from voting for his party’s nominee.
“I stand where I’ve stood all fall and all summer,” Ryan said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. “In fact I already voted here in Janesville for our nominee last week in early voting. We need to support our entire Republican ticket.”
During the Republican primaries Cruz and Trump exchanged a barrage of attacks, including some quite personal insults Trump made about Cruz. Trump infamously tweeted an unflattering meme about Cruz’s wife, and also accused Cruz’s father of being involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Cruz withheld his support of Trump for much of the campaign season, but endorsed the nominee at the end of September. The conservative Texas Senator voted for Trump on Monday.
“I voted straight ticket Republican,” said Cruz. “I encourage conservatives to come out all across Houston, all across the State of Texas.”
Although Donald Trump is clearly nowhere near Ryan and Cruz’s first choice for president, they ultimately decided Hillary Clinton was just too much for them to stomach.
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