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Sarah Palin says Paul Ryan will soon be ‘Cantored’

Sarah Palin in April.
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Sarah Palin in April.

Sarah Palin said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that she will support Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary challenger, comparing Ryan to former House majority leader Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, who was stunningly defeated in a 2014 primary.

‘‘I think Paul Ryan is soon to be ‘Cantored,’ ’’ Palin said on CNN’s ‘‘State of the Union.’’ Cantor lost his primary to now-Representative Dave Brat.

Palin, a former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, backs Donald Trump for president. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said this week that he is not ready to support Trump even though the billionaire is the presumptive GOP nominee. Trump and Ryan are to meet this week.

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‘‘His political career is over but for a miracle, because he has so disrespected the will of the people,’’ Palin said of Ryan, ‘‘and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision.’’

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Businessman Paul Nehlen is challenging Ryan in the Aug. 9 Republican primary. Nehlen has criticized Ryan’s refusal to back Trump and has issued a statement saying, ‘‘If Mr. Trump is the nominee, I will support that decision.’’

In her interview, Palin said, ‘‘I will do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen.’’