Jeff Sessions: Paul Ryan made ‘big mistake’ not backing Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions and Paul Ryan

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) took to the airwaves Thursday night to weigh-in on House Speaker Paul Ryan‘s (R-WI) refusal to back presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

During a TV interview on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Alabama’s junior senator, who was the first sitting U.S. Senator to endorse Trump, said there are some members of the establishment that are having “difficulty dealing with [Trump’s] big victory so far.”

Ryan said Thursday he will not yet back Trump’s presidential bid, despite the fact that he is the party’s presumptive nominee.

Dobbs weighed-in saying it was “shocking” to hear Ryan’s claim he was “not ready” to support Trump.

“I think this was a big mistake. I really do. And I’m really surprised, frankly, since he’d indicated he’d support whoever the nominee was,” responded Sessions.

Sessions said someone in Ryan’s position of influence needs to set the tone for all Republican lawmakers.

“Well, the Speaker of the House is a big leader, and an important figure in the Republican Party,” said Sessions. “He calls on house members every day to stand with him in unity and needs to set a good example for Republicans.

Sessions went on to explain that Trump’s message has resonated with the American people, which is why he’s gotten more votes than any other Republican primary candidate in history.

“Well, he has certainly appealed to the American people,” Sessions continued. “And I think certain Republican leaders and establishment figures need to ask themselves how it is with the process not even over, he’s gotten more votes than any other Republican primary candidate in history, who is talking directly to the American people — their concerns about trade, about immigration, about a foreign policy that was restrained. All of those are conservative values, Lou. It’s conservative to want a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest. It’s conservative to favor a trade policy that defends American manufacturing and workers’ jobs and wages, and to have a foreign policy that’s restrained.

“Trump has been strong and clear. He’s had the courage to take on the establishment. Some of them are having difficulty dealing with his big victories so far.”

Watch the interview below:


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