Speaker Paul Ryan Advised the Republican Party on What to Do About Donald Trump

October 10th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Republican leaders are deciding whether to distance themselves from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or continue to endorse him after his controversial comments about groping women's body parts became public.

Last week, a 2005 recording obtained by The Washington Post, revealed Trump and NBC's Billy Bush talking about a broadcaster's breasts, a woman's legs, and Trump saying he grabs women "by the p*ssy."

On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) advised other Republicans on his strategy to deal with the controversy.

Scott Wong, a senior staff writer at The Hill, tweeted that Ryan won't drop his endorsement of Trump, but he also wont defend or campaign for him either. Ryan reportedly told Republicans on a conference call that they need to make their own personal decision about Trump.

Ryan also reportedly said that the party has to "make the best of a bad situation," according to Wong's tweets.

Despite Trump's lewd comments and the intense backlash that followed Ryan has not yet pulled his endorsement.

However, an unnamed source for The Washington Post said that Ryan did not reveal whether he would publicly revoke his endorsement of Trump, in a conference call. In the wake of the scandal, Ryan canceled a scheduled appearance with his party's nominee over the weekend, according to the Post.

People on Twitter were confused about Ryan's strategy, accusing him of trying to have it both ways: supporting the Republican Party's nominee and distancing himself from Trump.

Other Republicans publicly denounced Trump for his graphic comments in the 2005 recording.

Earlier this year ATTN: reported that other Republican leaders previously made the choice to abandon the Republican nominee altogether and vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. President George H.W. Bush tops the list of big names in the Republican Party to support Clinton.

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