“I believe we need to be inspirational, aspirational, and inclusive,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said. | Getty
House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out against comments from Donald Trump this week — and he doubts it’s the last time he’ll have to do so.
“It isn’t the first time I’ve had to do it, and it won’t be the last time if this continues,” Ryan told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
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“Hopefully, this won’t continue,” Ryan added. “Hopefully, the campaign will move in a better direction so that it can with be one that we can all be proud of.”
Ryan has condemned Trump’s repeated remarks that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was unfit to handle a lawsuit involved Trump University because he’s Hispanic. (Curiel is Mexican-American and was born in Indiana.) Trump has said in recent days that his comments were misconstrued but hasn’t apologized for them.
Ryan held off endorsing Trump for nearly a month after Trump clinched the GOP nomination, only to criticize Trump for his Curiel comments days later. And didn’t offer too much praise for Trump in the “This Week” interview. Asked whether he was confident that Trump would be an effective commander-in-chief if elected, Ryan responded, “Look, I believe that he’s certain better than Hillary Clinton. These are the choices that we have.”
At times, Ryan seemed to return to the language he used before he endorsed Trump on June 2 in an op-ed in The Janesville Gazette.
“I believe we need to be inspirational, aspirational, and inclusive,” Ryan added.
“But that’s not the campaign that Donald Trump is running, is it?” Stephanopoulos interjected.
“It’s not,” Ryan said. “And I hope that it gets there.”
Ryan also didn’t rule out rescinding his endorsement of Trump, as GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois did this week, calling Trump’s comments on Curiel “too racist.”
Asked whether he would continue to stand by Trump if he failed to change, Ryan responded, “Well, I’m not going to speak about what’s happening in the future. But I believe and hope that he’s going to change and improve his campaign. We’ll see.”