The national spokeswoman for Republican Donald Trump’s campaign said Friday morning that if House Speaker Paul Ryan can’t get on the Trump train, he shouldn’t be speaker.
Asked on CNN if Ryan “is still fit to be Speaker” if he doesn’t come around on endorsing Trump, spokeswoman Katrina Pierson replied, “No, because this is about the party.”
“He’s speaker of what? Just speaker of the House of Representatives? We are a party!” Pierson continued.
“We were told to hold our noses and vote for the sake of the party,” she said, citing failed GOP nominees Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “These same people are now telling us that because their guy didn’t win, they want to hurt the party.”
Pierson also said Trump’s rise is the result of party elites rejecting the will of their own voters for the last several election cycles.
When asked Thursday if he would endorse the presumptive GOP nominee, Ryan responded he’s “just not ready to do that at this point.”