First Read: Ryan Instructs Republicans to Follow Their ‘Conscience’ on Trump – NBC News

RYAN: Oh, absolutely. The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience. Of course I wouldn’t do that. Look, believe me, Chuck. I get that this a very strange situation. [Trump is] a very unique nominee. But I feel as a responsibility institutionally as the speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party. Because you know what I know that’ll do? That’ll definitely knock us out of the White House.


Conservative writer says GOP should win a “Darwin Award” for backing Trump: The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti writes that the Republican Party is destroying itself by backing Trump — so much so that it should win a “Darwin Award” for removing itself from the political gene pool. “By supporting the least qualified, least knowledgeable, most unsuited major-party nominee for president in history, they are engaged in an ‘astounding misapplication of judgment.’ Every week that Donald Trump remains the Republican nominee, the party comes closer to removing itself from the presidential gene pool. Self-selection is at work here. Trump’s supporters are choosing their party’s demise.”


Clinton’s ad blitz is now up to $17 million: Yesterday, we wrote that Hillary Clinton’s battleground state ad blitz – in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia – had a price tag of $7 million. Well, scratch that — the buy is now up to $17 million over the next few weeks. Once again, we’ll stress how Clinton has the battleground airwaves all to herself. Here are the markets:


Trump veers away from the battleground states: As Clinton begins her battleground-state ad blitz, Trump campaigns for a second-straight day in Texas — after visiting Georgia the day before. The reason? Fundraising, the New York Times says. “Donald J. Trump’s campaign schedule is being driven by his fund-raising needs, prompting him to appear in heavily Republican states like Georgia and Texas and diverting his attention from battlegrounds where Hillary Clinton is spending her time. Mr. Trump’s aides, scrambling to raise money to compete against Mrs. Clinton’s cash juggernaut and extensive donor network, have scheduled fund-raisers in places like Georgia, North Carolina and Texas this week. The private events for donors were often scheduled first, followed by his campaign rallies, according to two people involved in Mr. Trump’s fund-raising who insisted on anonymity.” In fairness to Trump, he hits Nevada tomorrow. And he was in New Hampshire (on Monday) and North Carolina (on Tuesday). But Texas isn’t where the presidential election will be won.


Ryan instructs Republicans to follow their “conscience” on Trump: In his interview for “Meet the Press” that will air on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially gave every Republican license to follow their conscience in whether or not to support Donald Trump.



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