Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell should be ashamed of themselves. Their failure to renounce their endorsements of Donald Trump disqualifies them from any semblance of leadership. They’re letting women down by not rejecting a presidential nominee who boasts of his exploits as a sexual predator. They’re letting the GOP down by surrendering every scrap of principle and moral authority represented by the party of Lincoln for fear of losing votes energized by Donald Trump’s hate speech.
As Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have an obligation not only to members of their caucus or supporters of their politics, but to every citizen of our democracy who depends on the nation’s leaders to actually lead. Anything short of unconditional rejection of Donald Trump’s candidacy will be seen as an expression of support—and the height of shameful, irredeemable cynicism.