Trump Makes Some Curious Remarks About Speaker Paul Ryan
Even though Donald Trump was chosen and voted to be the Republican party's presidential nominee, that doesn't mean that the schisms and problems within the GOP are over. Trump is still showing signs of wanting to buck the traditions and establishment inside the GOP, and it has the potential to upset some of the strongest Republicans in the country.
One of those Republicans, Paul Ryan, is running for reelection in Wisconsin. Trump, however, has declined the possibility to publicly endorse Ryan. He said that he was "seriously considering" the Wisconsin representative, but that he hadn't decided to back him yet.
"I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet."
Those remarks came after Trump also said that he won't be supporting Republican senator John McCain in his reelection bid in Arizona.
Trump and McCain have clashed multiple times, with the most recent statements from Trump calling out McCain for the way that veterans were treated on his watch.
"I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets," Trump told reporters of the Washington Post.
McCain's seat might actually be in trouble this election. He is facing a very tough challenger from the Republican party and an outside conservative candidate who would appear to be much like Trump. The odds of Trump supporting another outsider instead of John McCain are likely high.
Ryan, for his part, shouldn't be under too much pressure to win reelection in his home state of Wisconsin. He's built a loyal following in the Republican party and his leadership had been praised.
But what these schisms do tell us is that the Republican party is fractured, and at the worst possible moment too. Hillary Clinton has managed to rally all of the Democratic powers-that-be behind her. Without some kind of unity from the Right, Trump might not hold a chance.