Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said on May 6 that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was not fit to hold his position if he didn't support Trump as the GOP nominee (video below).
Ryan told CNN host Jake Tapper on May 5, when asked if he would support Trump: "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now."
Pierson was asked by CNN host John Berman the next day if Ryan, of Wisconsin, was fit to be speaker of the House if he didn't support Trump as the GOP nominee, and she said:
"No, because this is about the party. Look, you have to understand, the last two presidential cycles we were told [Arizona Sen.] John McCain was a conservative. His conservative review score card is a 37 percent. We were told [former Massachusetts Gov.] Mitt Romney was a conservative and he was pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-adoption, gave us Obamacare. And we were told to hold our noses and vote for the sake of the party.
"These same people are now telling us that because their guy didn't win, they want to hurt the party. The issue here isn't about Donald Trump, if you can't hold yourself to the standard that you hold everyone else, the problem is with you."
Pierson was asked again by Berman if Ryan should be the speaker, and she replied, "He's speaker of what, just speaker of the House of Representatives? We are a party. Paul Ryan needs to be, he is the leader right now. We're told Donald Trump is only the presumptive nominee. He's not the nominee until 1,237. So really, it's incumbent on Paul Ryan to help bring unity to the party."
Berman asked Pierson if her comments reflected Trump's official position on Ryan, and she said, "[Trump and Ryan] are going to meet next week, we'll find out."
In more Trump news, RawStory.com reports the GOP candidate traded some barbs on Twitter with his longtime friend, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on May 6.
Trump tweeted: "Joe Scarborough initially endorsed [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush and Jeb crashed, then [Ohio Gov.] John Kasich and that didn't work. Not much power or insight!"
"I hear @JoeNBC of rapidly fading @Morning_Joe is pushing hard for a third party candidate to run. This will guarantee a Crooked Hillary win."
Scarborough fired back: "You heard wrong, cowboy. We talk about scenarios. Never fear. MJ is going to beat CNN for the 7th straight year!"
"'Rapidly fading?' Umm...we are enjoying our best ratings ever. Lots of luck, fella."