Sykes then recalled how Ryan disinvited Trump from a political rally in Wisconsin right after the Hollywood Access tape story broke and told RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to drop Trump from the ticket.

“That was a decisive moment, but not decisive in the way a lot of us thought it would be,” Sykes explained. “The tragedy of Ryan, Republicans caved into Donald Trump, who they compromised their values and their principles for, but what makes Ryan different is he knew better. He always knew who Donald Trump was. He knew what Donald Trump was all about. He was privately disgusted about it. He didn’t have a different opinion than Jennifer and I had about Donald Trump. So in a lot of ways, his is the most disappointing and hard to defend.”