This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many people. Still shocked he hasn’t run for office yet. Politicians…
House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing Donald Trump but says other Republicans will have to make their own decisions because “it’s a very strange situation.”
“The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience,” Ryan told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an excerpt of an interview that will air Sunday.
“I get that this, this is a very strange situation. He’s a very unique nominee.”
The comments could be seen by some Republicans as permission not to endorse the party’s presidential candidate.
Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois decried Trump on Thursday for being “too bigoted and racist” to earn Kirk’s support for the presidency.
Kirk says instead, he plans to write in David Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA director.
In the interview, Ryan said it wasn’t his place to divide the party by withholding an endorsement.
“I feel as a responsibility institutionally as the speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party,” he said. “Because you know what I know that’ll do? That’ll definitely knock us out of the White House.”