Nearly one month has passed since Speaker Paul Ryan sent a public message to Donald Trump, which was that someone needed to work much harder for a presidential endorsement. Ryan made this statement despite Ted Cruz leaving the building with John Kasich tossing in the GOP towel too. Trump stood as the presumptive nominee (and he’s now passed the 1,237 delegate threshold), but Ryan wouldn’t give Trump what he couldn’t buy. He’s made no secret of being appalled at Trump’s rhetoric just like many establishment members of the party.
So, the highest-ranked elected U.S. Republican must have taken pleasure in thwarting the will of voters, even on a temporary basis. Ryan then explained, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point.” He challenged Trump to unify the party, and Trump fired back with an “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.” A week later, the two grumps met up at the Republican headquarters and emerged optimistic, but Ryan still took his sweet time while Trump began to launch offensive attacks against Hillary (and Bill) Clinton. And perhaps this tactic did the trick because Ryan finally bought the cow. He took to his personal Twitter account to tip off the public.
— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) June 2, 2016