Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of election

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) joined Rep. Mimi Walters (R-California) for the signing of H.R. 5578, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, which guarantees survivors stronger protections and greater access to legal remedies. The bill was signed into law on October 7, 2016. Photo from Office of the Speaker of the House

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House, on Monday became the highest-ranking Republican leader to abandon presidential nominee Donald Trump.

With less than a month before the November 8 election, Ryan said he will not campaign for Trump or defend Trump, according to news reports. However, he did not withdraw his endorsement of his party's top candidate.

Ryan, who was his party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, joins a growing list of Republicans who have broken with Trump. Many expressed disgust after an explosive report in The Washington Post documented Trump's desire to sexually assault women, a charge he denied during a debate on Sunday night.

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Despite the exodus, the only two Native Americans in Congress continue to maintain silence. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, have embraced Trump despite his prior attacks on tribes and their sovereignty.

Mullin appears to be ignoring the controversy altogether -- the latest tweet from his re-election account instead carried the hashtag "#NeverHillary." Cole, who is also running for re-election, has previously called out Trump for his use of "Pocahontas" as a slur but has not said much about the candidate in public lately.

Speaker Ryan's wife, Janna, is a Chickasaw descendant, according to a family member, but is not enrolled in the Chickasaw Nation.

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