When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan endorsed Donald Trump on June 2, the Wisconsin Republican said he was backing Trump even though he and the presumptive GOP presidential nominee didn't agree on everything. On some days, it isn't totally clear whether they agree on anything.
Since his endorsement, Ryan has repeatedly contradicted Trump, desperately trying to preserve the idea that the presumptive Republican nominee doesn't speak for the entire party.
The latest example came Tuesday, when Ryan was asked in a radio interview about a Trump retweet over the Fourth of July holiday weekend that contained a six-pointed-star-shaped image that appeared to have origins in white supremacy circles.
Ryan criticizes Trump tweet, says in radio intvw "they've got to clean this thing up" and "anti-Semitic" images have "no place" in campaign
What Trump said: Trump equivocated on whether to denounce support from supremacist David Duke: "Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about."
What Ryan said about it: "This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. I hope this is the last time I need to speak out on this race." (Nope!)
3. Violence at Trump rallies
What Trump said: "Knock the crap out of him, would you?" Trump said to his supporters at a February rally of a potential tomato thrower.
What Ryan said about it: The violence at Trump's rallies is "very concerning," adding: "I think the candidates need to take responsibility for the environment at their events. There is never an excuse for condoning violence, or even a culture that presupposes it."
4. Judge Gonzalo Curiel
What Trump said: From the Wall Street Journal: "The judge has 'an absolute conflict' in presiding over the litigation given that he was 'of Mexican heritage.' "
What Ryan said about it: Ryan told a Wisconsin radio station the comments were "out of left field" and asked Trump to knock it off: “He clearly says and does things I don’t agree with, and I’ve had to speak up on time to time when that has occurred, and I’ll continue to do that if it’s necessary. I hope it's not."
What Trump said:"I have had horrible rulings. I've been treated very unfairly by this guy. Now this judge is of Mexican heritage. I'm building a wall."
What Ryan said about it: It's "the textbook definition of a racist comment."
A footnote: In an interview Sunday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Ryan seemed self-aware of this pattern. Instead of hoping Tuesday was the last time he'd have to rebuke Trump, a resigned Ryan predicted that it would happen again: "It isn't the first time I've had to do it, and it won't be the last time if this continues."
6. The Muslim ban (again)
What Trump said: In the wake of the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting, Trump doubled down on his proposal to temporarily ban immigrants from the country, shifting his proposal from Muslims in particular to people from countries with a history of terrorism.
From The Washington Post's Jose DelReal: Trump said that he would suspend immigration "from areas of the world where there's a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe and our allies."
What Ryan said: Still a hard no on that.
Ryan: "I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest." cc: @realDonaldTrump