There are no Republican politicians more precious to the establishment than Paul Ryan and John McCain.
Both are facing primary challengers.
And Donald Trump just did something that left establishment Republicans furious, while causing conservatives to cheer.
Ryan and McCain both half-heartedly endorsed Trump for President.
Ryan famously made Trump twist in the wind when he declared he “wasn’t there yet.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump stated he wasn’t going to endorse either man.
Trump even echoed Ryan’s language when he informed the paper he was not endorsing the Speaker in his primary.
The Washington Post reports:
In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump said he was not backing Ryan in his primary election next Tuesday in Wisconsin, or McCain in his Arizona primary later this month. Both have endorsed Trump but have criticized some of his policies and statements, most recently his belittling of the parents of dead U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
Trump praised Ryan’s underdog opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign” and said of Ryan: “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”
Trump’s comments underscore the continuing divisions in the GOP two weeks after the party’s national convention in Cleveland, which was carefully choreographed to showcase unity. Also Tuesday, Rep. Richard L. Hanna (N.Y.) became the first sitting Republican member of Congress to declare publicly his plans to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton…
… On Monday, McCain, a Vietnam War hero, issued a lengthy statement denouncing Trump for his comments about the Khan family. Asked about McCain’s rebuke, Trump said, “I haven’t endorsed John McCain.”
“I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets,” Trump continued. “He has not done a good job for the vets, and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly.”
Trump’s initial appeal as a candidate was in positioning himself as an anti-establishment outsider.
Those credentials — as well as his strong stand to secure our borders and end illegal immigration — propelled him to the GOP nomination.
Now that he is the GOP nominee, Trump commands a significant following — especially in Arizona where McCain is up for re-election and Trump won an overwhelming primary victory.
Will his refusal to endorse either McCain or Ryan affect the outcome of their primaries?
Let us know in the comment section.