GOP Smackdown Of Donald Trump: Speaker Ryan Warns He Can't Be Nominee Unless...

  • by: Alan Duke

The man who will run the Republican National Convention warned Donald Trump that he can not be the GOP presidential nominee unless he firmly condemns the KKK and other hate groups.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who will hold the gavel when at the GOP convention, went before cameras on Capitol Hill Tuesday with a message aimed at his party's frontrunner concerning his apparent wavering when asked about former Klan leader David Duke's endorsement.

"This is the Party of Lincoln. We believe all people are equal in the eyes of God and our government. If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican party, there can be no evasion and no games, they must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry.

"This party does not prey on people's prejudices. we appeal to their highest ideals, This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government. This is fundamental and if someone wants to be our nominee they must understand this."

Trump has blamed a faulty ear piece for his reluctance to answer when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him Sunday if he would condemn the KKK and other hate groups.

If Trump or any other candidate does not have a majority of GOP delegates going into the summer convention, Ryan and other party leaders could have power to steer the nomination to a candidate of their choice.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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