In an article written by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and published by the Gazette Extra, the Speaker officially endorsed Donald Trump for president.
Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy followed by his presumptive nomination in the Republican Party has made waves in conservative and GOP circles, to say the least. His success has not been received well by the party establishment.
Prior to Trump’s clinching of the nomination, party insiders – such as Mitt Romney – attempted to sway voters to vote against Trump in order to deprive him of delegates. It was even speculated not long ago that Speaker Paul Ryan was campaigning for president and had hopes of upsetting Donald Trump at the GOP national convention via either a last-minute rule change, or by winning the nomination following a contested convention. The Speaker denied campaigning for president and said that he was not interested in seeking the highest office in the country, but critics pointed out that he also denied wanting to be Speaker of the House, and did so on multiple occasions. Yet, he is Speaker now.
It seemed that Paul Ryan had all but joined the “Never Trump” camp, until he wrote an article, in which he officially endorsed Donald Trump for president.
In the article posted to the Gazette Extra, Paul Ryan stated that he would be laying out his policy agenda this month and pointed out that they’d need a Republican president who would work to help enact those ideas. He wrote, in part:
One person who we know won’t support it is Hillary Clinton. A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves. Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix.
To enact these ideas, we need a Republican president willing to sign them into law. That’s why, when he sealed the nomination, I could not offer my support for Donald Trump before discussing policies and basic principles.
As I said from the start, my goal has been to unite the party so we can win in the fall. And if we’re going to unite, it has to be over ideas.
Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.
Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.
The Speaker acknowledged that he and Trump have their differences, but said that they have “more common ground than disagreement.” He concluded by stating – regarding Ryan’s forthcoming policy agenda – “Donald Trump can help us make it a reality.”