PolitiFact: Clinton claim about Paul Ryan

Ryanfinds himself in center of political storm
Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 20:32:12-04

House speaker Paul Ryan is finding himself in the center of a political storm. Ryan said he can no longer defend Donald Trump. But has the Janesville Republican pulled his endorsement of the Republican nominee?

PolitiFact Wisconsin checked it out.

Donald Trump may turn out to be the most prolific presidential candidate on Twitter, but it's a tweet from Hillary Clinton that caught PolitiFact Wisconsin's attention.

"We checked a tweet that was sent by Hillary Clinton, she said that Paul Ryan is "still endorsing Donald Trump," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Speaker Ryan and Trump were supposed to appear together over the week in Ryan's district, but it never happened. Their relationship has gone from tepid to turbulent after Ryan said he was sickened by Trump's lewd comments caught on camera 11 years ago. Ryan later told House Republicans he could no longer defend Trump.

"He's (Ryan) taken a number of steps over the past several days to distance himself," Kertscher said. "He denounced statements that Trump made in a video tape that were derogatory to women."

Several prominent Republicans like Arizona Senator John McCain have dropped their endorsement of Trump after the vulgar video was released. PolitiFact Wisconsin said that's not the case for Ryan.

"It still stands that his (Ryan) endorsement is in place," Kertscher said. "His (Ryan) staff said there's been no change in that position, at least for now."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Clinton's claim that Ryan is still endorsing Ryan - True.