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Ryan Will Back Trump If He’s GOP Nominee

House Speaker Paul Ryan has pulled a complete 180 and said on Tuesday that he will now back Donald Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee.

“All candidates have an obligation to try and provide an atmosphere of harmony, to reduce violence, to not incite violence and to make sure we are appealing to people on their best ideals,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters.

“We are going to unite the country around ideas that unite the country, so that we can actually fix our country’s problems,” he added.

The Hill reports:

A day earlier on a Wisconsin radio show, Ryan stated that “[t]here is never an excuse for condoning violence” at campaign events.

Ryan’s remarks came on the same day Florida, Ohio and three other states were set to vote in the presidential primary.

Ryan has criticized Trump’s plan to temporarily ban Muslims from the United States, and earlier this month he condemned Trump for refusing to more forcefully disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

“When I see our principles being distorted, we’re going to stand up and defend our principles. Not just Republican principles or conservative principles, but American principles,” Ryan said Tuesday. “At the same time, what can we control? We can control our agenda, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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