Wasserman Schultz blasts Ryan, says he 'kissed the ring'
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“When he initially refused to endorse Trump four weeks ago, Paul Ryan said it was time to set aside bullying and belittlement,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “But with his tepid, halfhearted endorsement today, Ryan has backed away from his own criticisms of Trump’s dangerous, divisive campaign, bowed down, kissed the ring, and conceded that Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.”

Ryan announced in an op-ed in The Gazette, a newspaper in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., that he will vote for Trump in order to advance the party’s legislative agenda. The move came after weeks of considering the endorsement, during which the two men met and spoke on the phone to hash out their differences.

There was some speculation that Ryan would hold off on endorsing Trump in order to try to bring him in line with the rest of the party, but it still seemed inevitable.

Wasserman Schultz used the endorsement to draw parallels between the two GOP leaders.

“Ryan’s lack of conviction isn’t exactly news though,” she said in the statement. “On issue after issue, Ryan’s ideas are almost as bad as Trump’s.” She blasted both for their opposition to Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act and raising the federal minimum wage.

“The failed Romney-Ryan presidential ticket in 2012 was the catalyst for a GOP autopsy report that said Republican leaders should move the party in a new direction,” Wasserman Schultz added. “Trump has soaked that report in gasoline and Paul Ryan just lit the match that’s about to turn it to ashes.”