Paul Nehlen is the Republican challenging Paul Ryan for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District seat in the state’s August primary. He issued a statement that,
“If Mr. Trump is the nominee, I will support that decision, because it will have been the will of the voters that got him there.”
Ryan won his 2014 primary by nearly 90 percentage points but Nehlen seeks to turn that around. The Trump campaign and its allies have aggressively attacked the House speaker and Republican National Convention chair. Trump’s spokeswoman Katrina Pierson even intimidated that if Ryan can’t support the presumptive nominee then he is unfit for his role.
Speaking to Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” she reiterated her view of Ryan’s responsibilities,
“Paul Ryan is right at the head of a small group of party elites who continue to tell the American people they know better,” Nehlen said. “He’s demonstrated that he’s not the unifier he claims. If he were a unifier, he would look for ways to work with the candidate that the American people have chosen in state after state.”
Nehlen argued that Paul Ryan’s stance is divisive and that not only hasn’t he supported Trump but he wasn’t supportive of Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, either.
“It’s clear that he’s right out in front of the establishment’s #OnlyMe team. The people have spoken,” he said. “But Paul Ryan somehow thinks that the People are incompetent and that GOP elites should step in and guide them. The last time I checked, we lived in a representative republic. Paul Ryan seems to think we’re living in an oligarchy.”
Ryan had argued that it was Trump’s responsibility to unify the party, something Katrina Pierson felt was actually Ryan’s job,
“Paul Ryan needs to be a — he’s the leader right now,” Pierson said. “We’re told Donald Trump is only the presumptive nominee. He’s not the nominee until 1,237. So really it’s incumbent on Paul Ryan to help bring unity to the party.”
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