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Albert R. Hunt

Trump Is Winning. Against Paul Ryan.

No matter who wins the White House, the House speaker faces Republican resistance.
It's hot out there.

It's hot out there.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump hasn’t succeeded in discrediting Hillary Clinton, but he has managed to tarnish one target: Paul Ryan, the top Republican office holder in the country.

This week’s Bloomberg national poll, which has Clinton trouncing Trump, shows the painful extent to which the GOP presidential nominee has dragged down the speaker of the House. Ryan’s favorability with all voters has dropped, while the Republicans surveyed think Trump, not Ryan, should be the face of the party. This follows a series of attacks on Ryan by Trump for insufficiently supporting him. This week, the nominee even suggested that Ryan might want him to lose since it would clear the way for the speaker to run in 2020.