Reports are coming out that Vice Presidential nominee and Indiana Governor Mike Pence has contradicted his running mate, Donald Trump, by endorsing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Trump enraged many in the GOP on Tuesday, for refusing to endorse Ryan who is up for reelection next week. Trump was quoted saying that he was “just not quite there yet” when it came to endorsing Ryan.
Trump also alleged Tuesday that Speaker Ryan had requested an endorsement from the Republican presidential nominee, a statement which Ryan’s campaign later refuted. Trump had previously praised Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, after Nehlen defended Trump’s anti-Muslim statements against The Khan family.
Wednesday afternoon, Pence shocked many by calling Fox News and stating that he strongly endorses Paul Ryan, who he described as a longtime friend. He stated that Trump “strongly encouraged” him to voice his endorsement for Ryan. His endorsement seems to only further illustrate the divide Trump is causing in the Republican party. Pence stated that Trump had encouraged his endorsement of Ryan in an effort to quell those fears; but, coming out on the opposite side of his very own running mate is not a move that builds confidence.
Trump has also refused to endorse Republican favorite, John McCain who is up for reelection as senator of Arizona. No statements have come out, as yet, from Paul Ryan or Donald Trump in response to Pence’s endorsement.