Kristol’s comments that Paul Ryan “does not believe” Donald Trump is qualified to be president would go a long way in explaining why, despite his “support” for the GOP nominee, Ryan has attacked Trump’s proposals to fight radical Islam and even called him a racist for defending himself against politically-motivated legal action:
“’Trump is corrupting everyone who has supported him, or who is working for him, and even is accommodating or rationalizing,’ Kristol said in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, one his own publication the Weekly Standard promoted online.
During the interview, Kristol incredibly claimed that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—Donald Trump’s running mate, the vice presidential nominee—does not like Trump. But then Kristol laid out how Ryan, who has consistently and repeatedly aimed to undermine the Republican Party’s nominee for president at every turn, deep down does not want Trump to win.
‘At some point, doesn’t, sort of, self-respect sort of rear up and you just say to yourself ‘why am I saying things I don’t believe?’ Paul Ryan does not believe that Donald Trump should be the next president of the United States,’ Kristol said.
Ryan is fighting the political battle of his life here ahead of his primary next Tuesday. The Republican candidate in Wisconsin’s first congressional district, Paul Nehlen, is giving him the first serious challenge he’s ever faced in an election in nearly two decades in Congress other than Ryan’s failed bid for the vice presidency as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012.”