Pierson’s latest target is Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Pierson defended Trump in a rant condemning Ryan’s refusal to endorse him. When she was asked if she felt Ryan was still fit to be Speaker if he doesn’t support Trump as the nominee, she replied:
“No, because this is about the party. We were told to hold our noses and vote for the sake of the party.” She was referring to past Republican leadership that promoted failed presidential tickets such as Ryan’s run with Mitt Romney back in 2012.
“These same people are now telling us that because their guy didn’t win, they want to hurt the party,” Pierson continued. “The issue here isn’t about Donald Trump. If you can’t hold yourself to the standard that you’re holding everyone else, the problem is with you.”
The Republican National Committee Chair, Reince Priebus, has called on the party to unify and rally behind Trump since he has been declared the presumptive presidential nominee after his big Indiana primary win that urged his opponents to drop out.
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Speaker Ryan, however, is not quite on board with having to fake allegiance to Trump, whom he’s criticized publicly on more than one occasion.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked if he would endorse Trump on Thursday.
Trump also responded to Ryan’s comments claiming to be surprised by them due to Ryan’s commitment to unity.
“He talks about unity, but what is this about unity?” Trump asked. “With millions of people coming into the party, obviously I’m saying the right thing,” he argued.
In actuality, Ryan would be going against his strong stance regarding unity if he were to support Trump, who is undeniably a divisive candidate.
If Paul Ryan doesn't come around to support Trump, he's not fit to be Speaker -- Donald Trump campaign spokesperson https://t.co/Nz8n33TUiq— New Day (@NewDay) May 6, 2016
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