Poor Paul Ryan. He wants to be “Mr. Principles” when it comes to the Republican Party, but he also wants to be Speaker. And so he can’t really not support the Party’s nominee, but he made a big show of his reluctance to do so and the things he needed to hear from Trump in order to grant his blessing.
Trump, who knows more about negotiations than the Speaker of the House, met none of Ryan’s conditions, far as I can tell. So Ryan just endorsed him anyway, and now he has to live with it.
“I disavow these comments — I regret those comments that he made,” said Ryan, his voice cracking, concerning Trump’s remarks that the judge in the Trump University case can’t rule fairly because of his Mexican heritage. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was one of the few big name Republicans coming to Trump’s defense.
“I know Donald Trump, I’ve known him for fourteen years, and Donald Trump’s not a racist,” said Christie, who met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City today. “The allegations that he is [racist] are absolutely contrary to very experience that I’ve had with him over the last 14 years,” said Christie, who spoke before the meeting.
Christie, I suspect, may have had a role in crafting Trump’s statement this afternoon that he will stop bad mouthing the judge.