Paul Ryan claims he is supporting Donald Trump.

The Speaker of the House has reluctantly endorsed the Republican frontrunner.

But new developments suggest Ryan could be engaging in a sinister plot to undermine the GOP nominee.

There is no question that Paul Ryan is uncomfortable with Donald Trump as the Republican standard-bearer.

Ryan supports amnesty, global trade deals, and a compromise-oriented Republicanism that pleases donors, but infuriates grassroots activists.

Trump won the nomination because voters have revolted against everything establishment-politicians, like Paul Ryan, stand for.

Rather than accept defeat, party elites are still fighting against Trump.

There is even one final plot to free the Republican delegates, who bound to vote for the winner of their state’s primary or caucus, and allow them to vote according to their conscience.

The theory, by those pushing the coup against Trump, is that the delegates – largely party regulars – would hand the nomination to a more establishment friendly candidate.

And three news sources suggest Paul Ryan is lending a helping hand in these efforts.

First, Paul Ryan declared delegates should be free to vote how they choose.

U.S. News and World Reports detailed his response when asked how delegates should vote:

“House Speaker Paul Ryan gave leeway to any Republican uncomfortable supporting Donald Trump, just as efforts to block the former reality television star from getting the GOP nomination at the party’s convention in July could be gathering steam.

“The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience,” Ryan, R-Wis., told Chuck Todd in an interview recorded Friday that will air on Sunday’s edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Many viewed Ryan’s remarks as a permission slip for the members of the Republican National Convention Rules Committee to change the rules and unbind the delegates from having to vote for Trump on the first ballot.

Critics wondered – if Ryan is endorsing Trump – why he would tell delegates that they don’t have to support him when it is clearly mandated by the rules.

After this interview, news leaked of a random poll which showed the results of a Paul Ryan-John Kasich ticket against Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Why would someone be polling how Paul Ryan would matchup against Hillary Clinton unless they were trying to use it to convince delegates to replace Trump with Ryan?

The final development which suggests Ryan is actively working to undermine Trump was his announcement to not raise money for the candidate.

As Speaker of the House, Ryan is the most prolific fundraiser among elected Republican officials.

Since October he has raised $30 million for the Republican Party.

But he won’t be putting any of his fundraising talents towards Trump’s campaign.

Politico reports:

Ryan (R-Wis.) is crafting an election-year campaign schedule focused on maintaining majorities in the House and Senate – a weighty task, with control of Congress in the balance. Any other request — raising money for Trump or helping him turn out the vote — will be considered on a case-by-case basis, an aide in Ryan’s political operation said.

 “Speaker Ryan is focusing on supporting House and Senate Republicans,” the aide said. “The [Republican National Committee] has not asked him to participate in any fundraisers to date but should they ask, we will give those requests due consideration.”

And his declaration comes at a time when Republicans are angling to use Trump’s lack of a fundraising as excuse to remove him as the nominee.

If Paul Ryan is supporting Donald Trump – now that he is the Republican nominee – he sure has a funny way of showing it.