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Paul Ryan Is Not Ready to Endorse Donald Trump

The speaker of the House is not on board the Trump Train:

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, said Thursday he was “not ready” to endorse Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Mr. Ryan, who is also chairman of the Republican National Convention, has repeatedly said he would support his party’s nominee. But he has carved out some terrain to differentiate himself, by insisting that House Republicans write their own policy agenda this year and by giving speeches that at times criticized Mr. Trump’s views. Mr. Ryan said Republicans needed a “standard-bearer” who embodied the party’s standards.

“I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished,” Mr. Ryan said about Mr. Trump. But he added, “We hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln and Reaganesque,” someone who “appeals to a vast majority of Americans.”

“I think conservatives want to know does he share our values and our principles,” he said. “There’s a lot of questions conservatives are going to want answers to.”

The answers to those questions are all bad. There is not one molecule of Lincoln or Reagan in Donald Trump, and the longer conservatives take an honest look at him, the worse he gets.

Ryan is right to break with Senator Mitch McConnell, who said this week that he “remained committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters.” GOP leaders possess free will and a conscience, they should exercise that will to preserve the intellectual and moral integrity of the conservative movement. Come join us in Never Trump, Mister Speaker. Spend your energy preserving the House and rebuilding the conservative movement. Every minute spent on the deck of the USS Trump is another minute spent hurtling straight into the political icebergs. 

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