Freedom Caucus member won't support Ryan after Trump criticism
House Speaker’s Paul Ryan’s decision to but abandon Mr . trump which includes a month left before November’s presidential election has cost him the support that is at least one conservative Republican congressman.
“Given the stakes for this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not much of for Paul Ryan,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), part of the place Freedom Caucus, posted to Twitter Wednesday morning. It will be the first public defection from your speaker since Ryan’s announcement Monday over a conference call with GOP lawmakers which he would do not defend Trump, nor would he campaign with him before Election Day.
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“You all need to do notebook computer for yourself in your own district,” Ryan told House Republicans on Monday’s call.
While Ryan will be the most prominent Republican to back away from Trump, they’re definately not on your own. Inside the wake from the Manhattan billionaire’s most up-to-date scandal, a recording from 2005 where he is able to be heard making vulgar and sexually aggressive comments about women, a wave of Republicans have abandoned from Trump. That list includes Sens. John McCain, John Thune and Kelly Ayotte, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love and also former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Bridenstine opposed Ryan and supported Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for speaker last fall if the House Republican conference voted to elect an upgraded to the retiring John Boehner.
But the Oklahoma congressman backed Ryan during the official – and many more important – vote on the House floor.