WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump on Thursday, ending an extraordinary public split between the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee and the nation’s highest-ranking Republican office holder.
Ryan outlined his support for the New York billionaire in a column published in his hometown newspaper, declaring his goal to “unite the party so we can win in the fall.”
The Trump (almost) nomination has put conservatives in a tough spot. I don’t fault conservatives who are getting on board with Trump, however tepidly, now that he’s the nominee. One can make a rational argument that Trump is less horrible than Clinton. It’s not an argument with which I agree, but I can certainly see how someone would come to that conclusion.
I have very little understanding of how anyone who thinks they are a conservative could have backed Trump in the primary when there were so many other options.
In any case, almost all of the Republican establishment has now gotten behind Trump. It is a significant development for Trump’s campaign. He is now the establishment Republican candidate. Chew on that.