House Speaker Paul Ryan is standing by Donald Trump, after rumors swirled Sunday that the Republican leader considered revoking his endorsement for the GOP presidential candidate.
Ryan reportedly reached his limits with his party’s nominee following the bombshell video released Friday capturing Trump making casual comments about sexual assault.
Politico reported that Ryan conferred with his advisors about the possibility of abandoning Trump in preparation of an 11 a.m. phone call with House Republicans. Nearly three dozen Republican lawmakers have already withdrawn their support in the 48 hours leading up to the town hall debate.
Sunday night's atrocious debate will likely have an impact on Ryan's decision. Pundits and Republican strategists speculate that Trump’s debate performance may have stopped the bleeding. Trump didn’t self-destruct live on television, which is an apparent win for his campaign and his base.
In the post debate analysis, The Weekly Standard determined the GOP was the biggest loser after the second presidential debate.
“Trump didn’t have a psychotic break onstage. And clearing that bar might be enough to keep Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and Reince Priebus from publicly disavowing his candidacy this week," Jonathan Last wrote for The Weekly Standard.