House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told fellow Republicans today that not only will he not campaign with Donald Trump, he will not defend their party's presidential nominee in advance of the November 8 election. Effectively uprooting fellow Congressman from any loyalty to the GOP nominee, a source told the Washington Examiner that Ryan told the legislators, "do what's best for you in your district" when it comes to supporting Trump.
 
The irony was not lost on Hillary Clinton's campaign. In a tweet this morning, the Democrat presidential candidate wrote: "Ryan is still endorsing Trump." Even so, dozens of Republican elected officials and others have either declined to endorse their party's nominee, rescinded their earlier endorsements, and have called on Trump to step down.
 
Ryan, indeed, has not officially withdrawn his support, despite the limitations he imposed today, in the wake of a leaked video in which Trump makes disparaging remarks about women. Trump has apologized for the remarks, and wife Melania has asked Americans to accept his apology for remarks that were made more than 10 years ago. 
 
Ryan did withdraw an invitation to Trump to appear together at a GOP rally in Wisconsin on October 9. Trump's running-mate, Gov. Mike Pencecondemned it and banned Trump from appearing at a Wisconsin political rally last weekend. A Ryan aide told the Washington Examiner Ryan's position on Trump has not changed as of Monday.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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