Trump Fires Back After Speaker Ryan’s Most Recent Comments
Donald Trump is still leading in the Republican presidential race and his candidacy is causing waves in the Washington establishment. He most recently spoke out against House Speaker Paul Ryan and it's clear that there will only be more antagonism between the two if Trump is elected.
The current spat began when Donald Trump was criticized as being slow to disavow the support of David Duke. For any who don't know, Duke is a former high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan and came out openly in support of Trump.
Trump spoke out against Duke in a press conference soon after Duke pledged his support, but many criticized Trump for not immediately disavowing himself from Duke.
That hesitation lead House Speaker Ryan to comment on the presidential race, something he has tried not to do. In his words he wants to remain aloof from the primaries. "I try to stay out of the ups and downs of the primary, but I’ve also said when I see something that runs counter to who we are as a party and a country, I will speak up."
Apparently Trump's hesitation was big enough because Ryan held a press conference where he managed to attack Trump and Trump's position without once mentioning the businessman's name.
"If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals."
Trump, of course, immediately spoke out about Ryan's comments. He said that he plans to work hard with members of Congress but that he will be prepared to stay strong against Ryan if need be.
"Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well, but I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him. And if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price."
Making enemies with Ryan may not be the strongest position for Trump, but it doesn't seem that either side is ready to back down.