(FOX NEWS) House Speaker Paul Ryan flexed the muscle of the Republican Party on Tuesday, telling Donald Trump in no uncertain terms that if he intends to carry the GOP flag into November he “must reject” hate groups.
The speaker delivered rare remarks on the raucous Republican primary battle during a press briefing, as Super Tuesday voting got under way. While not mentioning Trump by name, Ryan’s comments were clearly directed at the GOP primary front-runner’s initial wavering when asked Sunday about his support from former KKK leader David Duke.
Ryan said Tuesday he tries to stay out of the “day-to-day ups and downs of the primary” but, “when I see something that runs counter to who we are as a party and as a country, I will speak up.”
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