A House Divided: Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump, fallout ensues

May 6, 2016 10:14 PM by News Staff

There's more fallout Friday from House Speaker Paul Ryan's refusal to back Donald Trump as the republican presidential nominee.

Though Ryan says he can't yet support Trump and might change his mind. It's a stunning comment from the nation's top republican office holder.

Trump tweeted a fiery response.

The dust-up sets the stage for a big meeting on Capitol Hill next Thursday.

In Wisconsin, Ryan had no comment on the firestorm over his unwillingness to support Trump as the republican nominee.

Back in DC party chair Reince Priebus is speaking for the speaker.

“I think he's gonna get there,” Priebus said. “By the way, he wants to get there. It’s just that he just wants some time to just work through it."

Trump had already planned a sit-down with GOP congressional leaders next week but now it seems more like a showdown.

"Paul Ryan said that I inherited something very special,” Trump tweeted. “The republican party. Wrong, I didn't inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!"

"People are going to be glad he's in the top of the ticket,” Trump campaign strategist Paul Manafort said. “The reason he's won overwhelmingly in the primaries is because he expanded the base of the Republican Party."

But the party's old guard isn't sold - senator and former candidate Lindsey Graham is the latest GOP leader refusing to back trump.

"He needs to change his behavior so that the Republican Party and all of their candidates aren't constantly reacting to the latest crazy thing that Donald Trump said," he said.

President Obama said it's not reality TV, but a serious choice.

"Not just republican officials, but more importantly, republican voters are going to have to make a decision as to whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represents their values," Obama said.

A battle over who, how and where to lead the party of Lincoln.

While trump has lost plenty of high-profile support - there's news today that former Vice President Dick Cheney says he'll back the party's nominee.

Now, former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced he won't vote for Donald Trump come November.

His comments come after his father and brother Presidents Bush 41 and 43 said they would not be attending the republican national convention this summer in Cleveland.


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