After playing coy for weeks, Paul Ryan has finally said that he will vote for Donald Trump in November. The House Speaker announced his endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee Thursday in an op-ed in Ryan's hometown newspaper The Gazette.
"It’s no secret that [Trump] and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise," Ryan wrote. "And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement."
Ryan's endorsement represents the culmination of a weeks-long public dance of theatrical rumination and soul-searching that saw Ryan evolve from "not ready" to support Trump on May 6 to "very encouraged" after meeting with Trump on May 12 to finally announcing he would vote for Trump on Thursday.