Paul Ryan Calls Trump's Attack On Gold Star Family 'Beyond The Pale,' Still Supports Him

But he insists his endorsement isn't a "blank check."
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WASHINGTON 鈥 House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Donald Trump鈥檚 attempts to discredit the family of a soldier who died in Iraq were 鈥渂eyond the pale,鈥 but not so unacceptable that he would revoke his endorsement of the candidate.

Over the last week, Trump has engaged in a back-and-forth with the parents of American war hero Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was Muslim. Trump said Khan鈥檚 father, Khizr, 鈥渧iciously attacked鈥 him during his speech at the DNC, and suggested that Ghazala Khan hadn鈥檛 spoken because she was not allowed to do so.

Republican leaders, including Ryan, issued statements earlier this week distancing themselves from Trump鈥檚 comments about the Khans, saying that the Khans, and their son鈥檚 sacrifice, 鈥渟hould always be honored.鈥 Khizr Khan made a direct appeal to Ryan asking him to 鈥渞epudiate鈥 the Republican nominee. Days later, Trump said he could not endorse Ryan in his primary, which is just a week away.

In his first interview since Trump鈥檚 comment, Ryan told Wisconsin radio station WTAQ that his endorsement of the real estate mogul is not a 鈥渂lank check.鈥

Ryan first told The Huffington Post in June that his support isn鈥檛 unconditional, hinting that he wouldn鈥檛 hesitate to sue Trump over his proposed Muslim ban if the nominee were to become president and implement it.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 know what that line is,鈥 Ryan said at the time. 鈥淏ut right now, I want to make sure that we win the White House.鈥

It appears that neither insulting the family of a soldier who sacrificed his life serving the U.S. in Iraq, nor proposing a ban on Muslims from 鈥渢errorist countries鈥 nor attacking the impartiality of a federal judge over his heritage are crossing the line for Ryan.

Editor鈥檚 note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims 鈥 1.6 billion members of an entire religion 鈥 from entering the U.S.

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