Many prominent Republicans are still wrestling with the reality that businessman Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he will not be attending the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July and will not endorse Trump.
Back in March, Rauner, who has been reticient to comment on the GOP presidential race, said he would support Trump if he received the party's nomination. Now, Rauner is joining U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R) in sitting the convention out, with many believing the governor wants to avoid comparisons to Trump, who is also a wealthy businessman-turned politican.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) said Thursday he is "just not ready" to throw his support behind Trump, "I'm not there right now." The Speaker says Trump has some work to do before the GOP frontrunner can garner his support.
"The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee," Ryan said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "I don't want to underplay what he accomplished. ... But he also inherits something very special, that's very special to a lot of us. This is the party of Lincoln and Reagan and Jack Kemp. And we don't always nominate a Lincoln or a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln- or Reagan-esque -- that that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans.
"And so, I think what is necessary to make this work, for this to unify, is to actually take our principles and advance them. And that's what we want to see. Saying we're unified doesn't in and of itself unify us, but actually taking the principles that we all believe in, showing that there's a dedication to those, and running a principled campaign that Republicans can be proud about and that can actually appeal to a majority of Americans -- that, to me, is what it takes to unify this party."