Paul Ryan Scolds Trump For Warning About ‘Riots’ At Convention

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s remarks that there would be “riots” if he didn’t get the party’s nomination at the convention were “unacceptable.”

“Nobody should say such things, in my opinion, because to even address or hint to violence is unacceptable,” Ryan said in a news conference.

He also fueled speculation that the Cleveland convention could be contested.

“We’re getting our minds around the idea that this could very well become a reality, and therefore, those of us who are involved in the convention need to respect that,” Ryan said, according to Politico.

Trump said yesterday while he expects to secure the nomination before the convention in July, “you’d have riots” if he arrived just short of the 1,237 delegates needed.

It’s not the first time Ryan has distanced himself from the bombastic candidate’s remarks. After Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigration, Ryan responded such plans are “not what this party stands for.” The Wisconsin congressman also slammed Trump for not immediately denouncing an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

But Ryan has also insisted he will back the GOP nominee no matter what and said Wednesday he would not accept the party’s nomination if it was offered to him in a brokered convention.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: