Paul Ryan was a plausible Vice Presidential candidate. He has a decent life story, he is reasonably intelligent and a polished public speaker. There are no skeletons in his cupboard.
Ryan likes most Republicans is very much holier than thou. His moralistic tone is not to my liking. His puritanical outlook could be tolerable if it was consistent. He had his misgivings about Trump. However, when Trump got the nomination Ryan met him and backed him.
Trump has said myriad horrendous things. Race baiting, ad personam insults, saying he would order the cruelest torture, saying he would kill civilians on purpose… there is no end to his infamous rhetoric. When this demagogue was revealed to have said he believed he could sexually assault people that crossed a line for many Republicans. The USA tends to hugely overreact to s0-called sexual assault or harassment. Trump was talking about real sexual assault – touching a vagina against the woman’s will. This is not a peck on the cheek in an unclear situation.
Ryan has said he no longer endorses Trump but that he will not tell people to vote for someone else. The pusillanimous policy is disgraceful. It is also idiotic. If he stuck with Trump to the bitter end there might be some credit for Ryan among diehard Trump supporters. If on the other hand he dumped Trump and told people to vote libertarian for example that could be logical and brave. There is no advantage for Ryan in being so mealy mouthed.
Paul Ryan probably has his eye on the nomination for 2020. He does not want to be accused of being a turncoat.
Donald Trump was happy to embrace Ryan up until now. The moment Ryan withdrew his endorsement Ryan is called weak by Trump. D J T never saw as Ryan as being weak before.
Trump will always blame others for his grievous wrongdoing. He says the election is rigged against him. WHy stand then? WHy lend it a semblance of legitimacy? If he has a chance of winning then plainly it is not rigged.