Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee and historically, that means the party rallies behind him… but not this time.
House speaker, Paul Ryan just ignited a political firestorm when he refused to endorse Trump. The problem is that although both Trump and Ryan belong to the Republican Party, they agree on very little. To make matters worse, Ryan aired his views with CNN’s Jake Tapper rather than sit down with Trump; although a meeting has now been set for Thursday. Speaking to Tapper, the House Speaker said,
“Well, to be perfectly candid with you Jake, I’m just not prepared to do that at this point. I’m not there right now. I hope to, though. I want to. But I think what is required is that we unify this party, and I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee. I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished. He needs to be congratulated for an enormous accomplishment…But he also inherits something very special…This is the party of Lincoln, of Reagan, of Jack Kemp…We hope that our nominee is Lincoln or Reaganesque, that the person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a vast majority of Americans.”
“I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda,” he said. “Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
Trump was expecting the endorsement from Paul Ryan and the snub widened the rift, however, he did grudgingly agree to meet with Ryan in an endeavor to patch up Republican vs. Republican strife. He said he had “no idea” if they would patch things up but ultimately it didn’t matter as he’d won the nomination and he had the people behind him.
“The thing that matters most are the millions of people that have come out to vote for me and give me a landslide victory in almost every state,” Trump said after the meeting was announced.
Ryan said of the planned meeting with him and other House GOP leaders that the discussion would center on,
“the kind of Republican principles and ideas that can win the support of the American people this November,”
Paul Ryan said that I inherited something very special, the Republican Party. Wrong, I didn’t inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2016
Failed candidate Lindsey Graham has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics and has vowed not to endorse him. Speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash about his distaste for Trump he stated that he would not vote for Trump or Hillary Clinton.
“I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him,” Graham said, also citing Trump’s “temperament” as unworthy of a potential president.
Trump responded to Graham’s and Ryan’s comments at a in Ohama, Nebraska,
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.
Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass.
Brian Bartlett, former Mitt Romney aide and GOP communications strategist
Glenn Beck, radio host
Michael Berry, radio host
Max Boot, former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Brent Bozell, conservative activist
Bruce Carroll, creator GayPatriot.org
Jay Caruso, RedState
Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
Linda Chavez, columnist
Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president
Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official
Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review
Doug Coon, Stay Right podcast
Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director Purple Strategies
Jim Cunneen, former Calif. assemblyman
Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.
Steve Deace, radio host
Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill.
Erick Erickson, writer
Mindy Finn, president, Empowered Women
David French, writer at National Review
Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief, Ricochet.com
Michael Graham, radio host
Jonah Goldberg, writer
Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Stephen Gutowski, writer Washington Free Beacon
Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.
Jamie Brown Hantman, former special assistant for legislative affairs for President George W. Bush
Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard
Doug Heye, former RNC communications director
Quin Hillyer, contributing editor at National Review Online; senior editor at the American Spectator
Ben Howe, RedState writer
Former Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C.
Cheri Jacobus, GOP consultant and former Hill columnist
Robert Kagan, former Reagan official
Randy Kendrick, GOP mega-donor
Matt Kibbe, former FreedomWorks CEO
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Philip Klein, managing editor at the Washington Examiner
Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard editor
Mark Levin, radio host
Justin LoFranco, former Scott Walker aide
Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney aide
Bethany Mandel, senior contributor at The Federalist
Tucker Martin, communications director to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s, R-Va.
Former RNC Chairman Mel Martínez
Liz Mair, GOP strategist
Lachlan Markey, writer for the Free Beacon
David McIntosh, Club for Growth president
Dan McLaughlin, editor at RedState.com
Ken Mehlman, former RNC chairman
Tim Miller, Our Principles PAC
Joyce Mulliken, former Washington state senator
Ted Newton, political consultant & former Mitt Romney aide
James Nuzzo, former White House aide
Katie Packer, chairwoman of Our Principles PAC
Former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y.
Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas
Katie Pavlich, Townhall editor and Hill columnist
Brittany Pounders, conservative writer
Rep. Reid Ribble, R- Wisc.
The Ricketts family, GOP mega-donors
Former Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa.
Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.
Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee
Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post conservative blogger
Patrick Ruffini, partner, Echelon Insights
Sarah Rumpf, former BreitBart contributor
Mark Salter, writer and former aide to John McCain
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R- Neb.
Elliott Schwartz, Our Principles PAC
Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow, Hudson Institute
Tara Setmayer, CNN analyst and former GOP staffer
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief The Daily Wire
Evan Siegfried, GOP strategist and commentator
Ben Stein, actor and political commentator
Brendan Steinhauser, GOP consultant
Stuart Stevens, former Romney strategist
Paul Singer, GOP mega-donor
Erik Soderstrom, former field director for Carly Fiorina
Charlie Sykes, radio host
Brad Thor, writer
Michael R. Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide
Daniel P. Vajdich, former national security adviser to Ted Cruz
Connor Walsh, former digital director for former Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., founder Build Digital
Former Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla.
Peter Wehner, New York Times contributor
Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, R-N.J.
George Will, writer
Rick Wilson, Republican strategist
Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome super-PAC
Bill Yarbrough, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio
Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus criticized the ‘Never Trump’ movement saying,
“It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate,”