Speaker Paul Ryan created daylight between himself and Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in order to best position himself for a future White House bid in 2020, said Sarah Palin. Joining left-wing CNN’s Jake Tapper for an interview that aired on Sunday’s State of the Union, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate implied that Ryan’s behavior was driven by ambition rather than principle.

Angling for the GOP’s 2020 presidential nomination, said Palin, had informed the decision to step away from endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“I think why Paul Ryan is doing this, Jake, is, it kinda screws his chances for the 2020 presidential bid that he’s gunning for. If the GOP were to win now, that wouldn’t bode well for his chances in 2020, and that’s what he’s shooting for,” said Palin, later adding that she planned to support Ryan’s opponent - Paul Nehlen - in the August primary.

“Paul Ryan and his ilk, their problem is they have become so disconnected from the people whom they are elected to represent, as evidenced by Paul Ryan’s refusal to support the GOP front-runner,” said Palin, saying that Ryan and others that their “power,” “prestige,” and “purse(s)” were “threatened” by Trump’s rise.

"I think Paul Ryan is soon to be Cantored, as in Eric Cantor. His political career is over, but for a miracle, because he has so disrespected the will of the people," said Palin, adding that Ryan had betrayed his promises to Americans.

Trump’s dual proposals for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United, and deportations of millions of foreigners illegally living in the United States (who were described as “undocumented immigrants” by Tapper), recalled Tapper, formed the foundation of the Speaker’s recent refusal to support the presumptive GOP nominee. Tapper neglected to state that Ryan’s stated opposition to endorsing Trump was primarily a call for the real estate magnate to demonstrate sufficiently conservative ideological and political bona fides.

Asked if she was open to joining Trump as a vice-presidential running mate, Palin suggested that she would be more of a political liability than an asset.

Watch the full interview below.


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