The Republican ticket from 2012 is splitting. Romney remains staunchly opposed to Donald Trump, recently made more glaringly apparent after he echoed Hillary Clinton by demanding the billionaire release his tax returns. He also appears disturbed by the voters that Trump has brought into the Republican party.
Last week, the former Republican nominee for president lamented the “demagoguery and populism” that had entered the Republican party, and said he was “dismayed” by the remaining choices for president.
But Ryan, Romney’s former choice for vice president, chose a different path, recognizing Trump’s political success as something more powerful than the ticket he ran on in 2012.
“He has gotten more votes than any Republican primary nominee in the history of our country,” Ryan told reporters after meeting with Trump. “And this isn’t even over yet, he hasn’t even gone to California yet, it’s really a remarkable achievement.”
Ryan argued that the policies that Trump brought to the party would fit under the big tent — even if he didn’t completely agree with the presumptive nominee.
“I represent a wing of a conservative party, you could say,” Ryan said. “He’s bringing a whole new wing to it.”