House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a warning to Republican donors that Republicans in the House of Representatives could be facing consequences from GOP nominee Donald Trump's recent controversies.
A person who was on the call told Politico that Ryan referenced the 2008 election year, when Republicans lost more than 20 House seats and John McCain lost by seven points to President Barack Obama. Ryan said that today Trump is trailing around 10 points.
"Speaker Ryan holds routine calls with top supporters, top grassroots organizers, and many others. This is an opportunity to discuss our efforts to win in November," Ryan spokesman Zack Roday said.
Trump has professed displeasure that Ryan told House GOP colleagues that he would not defend or campaign with the GOP candidate, telling Bill O'Reilly that he didn't want Ryan's support.
On the call, Ryan attempted to clarify his remarks, saying he meant to emphasize to lawmakers that they needed Trump to win in order to maintain the Republican's hold on the House of Representatives. The speaker said the media was attempting to start a feud between him and Trump, but Trump failed to understand that. Ryan said Trump lacked political discipline, the person on the call told Politico.
Democrats would need to have a net gain of 30 seats to take control of the House, and some analysts have said that grows more likely amid Trump's controversies.
Ryan said he would appear with college Republicans and lay out a case against Clinton.
Some GOP lawmakers have told Trump to lay off attacking Ryan, and other lawmakers have told Ryan to back off Trump. Fox News reported on subdivisions over allegiance to Trump. One Republican official told Fox News that if Republicans lose 18 to 20 seats, Ryan will be voted out of his speaker job.
Missouri Rep. Billy Long told the Springfield News-Leader that abandoning Trump would "spell disaster down-ticket" for Republican legislators. Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine tweeted a rebuke of Ryan.
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