On Tuesday Donald Trump said that he will not support Paul Ryan or John McCain in their respective primaries, despite the fact that both men endorsed him for president, saying that despite their support, he doesn’t think they should be elected again.
Trump used the same language Ryan did when he was stalling for time back in May—“I’m not there yet.” Trump told The Washington Post, “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”
Trump also declined to endorse John McCain, who endorsed Trump back in May. About McCain, Trump said, “I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly.”
Over the weekend McCain issued a statement rebuking Trump for his comments about Khizr Kahn, who quite obviously embarrassed Trump in a speech last week at the Democratic National Convention.
On its face, it seems Trump might be exacting revenge on both men, who only reluctantly and begrudgingly endorsed Trump for the “unity” of the party and the off-chance he does win. But in actuality, they may be dodging a bullet. So far this campaign, Trump has endorsed only one Congressional candidate: Renee Ellmers, who ran in North Carolina, and lost by 30 points.