— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 7, 2016
A New York Daily News tabloid originally planned to run Wednesday called out Speaker Paul D. Ryan for his support of Donald Trump in spite of statements the Wisconsin Republican admitted are “the textbook definition” of racist.
“I’M WITH RACIST,” the headline released on Twitter Tuesday night blared, a succinct summary of criticism that has come from both sides of the aisle as Ryan and other top Republicans attempt to balance their support of Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee while disavowing his often inflammatory language.
The Ryan front page was later swapped with one that recognized Hillary Clinton’s historic victory in the fight for the Democratic nomination. That headline read simply, “Her!” above a picture of Clinton stretching her arms to her supporters.
While vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois withdrew his support of Trump after the billionaire mogul’s latest outburst — accusing a federal judge of bias because of his Mexican ancestry — those in leadership positions have so far taken positions similar to Ryan’s.
Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking Republican, said on Tuesday that he disavowed Trump’s “totally unacceptable” statements about the judge, but that, on the whole, he had more “common ground” on the issues with Trump than presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton.