WASHINGTON — After reading Jennifer Steinhauer’s article in today’s New York Times about the inevitable collision between House Speaker Paul Ryan and the now-inevitable GOP presidential nominee, a solitary reporter visited Ryan, by special invitation, at his office in the Capitol when Ryan spoke with the inevitable nominee by telephone and told him, in characteristic clarity, to leave the Republican Party.
“Mr. Trump,” Ryan, 46, said, showing deference to the 69-year-old mega-billionaire, “either Bernie or Hillary will not only defeat you if you are nominated, we will certainly lose the Senate and probably even the House. At the first presidential debate, you were the only one on that stage of ten candidates who refused to take the pledge that you would support whomever was nominated. You do not subscribe to most of our platform. Get out, now.”
Sitting in Ryan’s office, the solitary reporter watched and listened for the next thirty minutes, while Ryan calmly received Trump’s vitriol, during which Ryan remained imperturbable. At the conclusion of the “conversation,” Ryan smiled.
“Congratulations, SR,” Ryan said. “With Trump forming his own party — he’s gonna call it The I Love Donald Trump Party — you guys are sure to win.”
"Even though I disagree with most of her agenda, I can work with Hillary."