House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has tiptoed to the water’s edge, but he still won’t jump in. If he really wants to maintain the integrity of the Republican Party and its principles — and save down ticket candidates — Ryan needs to repudiate his endorsement of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Ryan rightfully condemned Trump’s lewd and offensive remarks about women. Ryan has criticized many other Trump statements that have demonstrated just how unfit Trump is for public office.
But he won’t withdraw his endorsement. Why not? Apparently because he thinks by doing so, he would endanger his party’s chances of winning other elections, especially in the House. But by continuing to stand by (if somewhat apart) the GOP pretender for the presidency, Ryan calls into question the party’s basic principles, which ultimately may have the opposite effect.