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WashPost: Paul Ryan's Fear of Trump Stumping GOP Is Legit

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By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 02:20 PM

Donald Trump's rough days in the media and polls post-conventions might cost the Republican Party more than a spot in the White House — it can dent what has been a record GOP majority in the House of Representatives — and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., fears it, Amber Phillips of The Washington Post's The Fix wrote Monday.

"To some extent, it's possible — even likely — that Ryan is using Trump's threat to his majority to raise cash from Republican donors who may be watching this election unfold from the sidelines," Phillips wrote.

"But the fact that his majority is even a line he can use to raise funds says a lot about how Trump has turned this election upside down — and not in a good way for Republicans."

Ryan's own primary re-election Tuesday for his seat from Wisconsin didn't concern him this weekend as much as keeping the historic majority in Congress come November, she added.

"If you're speaker of the House, it's your job to worry about the Republican majority, no matter what the circumstances are," Ryan told The Post.

Such a concern wasn't fathomable before Trump's nomination and subsequent struggles with the campaign and a dip in the polls. Reports have Ryan more concerned about the GOP hold on the majority now more than ever.

Cited reasons for a potential GOP collapse on the heels of Trump's fledgling presidential bid this fall include:

  • Trump cannot stop stirring the political pot against the Republican Party on his platform of non-political correctness;
  • Polls have Trump's support in his own party sinking post-convention, which is unprecedented for a presidential candidate;
  • Trump is losing ground to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in polls;
  • Trump trails by double-digits in two battle-ground states of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

"Ryan didn't predict a Democratic landslide or anything — but he didn't rule it out," Phillips wrote. "And the mere fact the House changing parties is a possibility should give you an indication of just how concerned Republicans are about Donald Trump dragging them down in November. Way down."

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Donald Trump's rough days in the media and polls post-conventions might cost the Republican Party more than a spot in the White House — it can dent what has been a record GOP majority in the House of Representatives — and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., fears it...
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