Hours after a contentious second presidential debate, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans Monday he will not be defending Donald Trump or campaign with him for the next 30 days and instead will focus on down ballot races.
The move comes as GOP leaders have not only distanced themselves from the Republican nominee following a leaked 2005 tape of Trump bragging about assaulting women, but have also rescinded their endorsements.
"You all need to do what's best for you in your district," Ryan said on a call with House Republicans.
Ryan said this was about the members of the party, not himself, according to a source on the call.
"The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities," Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong said.