Paul Ryan has a Donald Trump problem.

But it’s not the one he thinks.

Because Ryan cut Trump loose, House conservatives could now very well fire him as Speaker of the House.

Ryan cowardly fled from Trump in the face of a media generated firestorm over a leaked 2005 tape featuring Trump making lewd comments.

Ryan told his members over a conference call that he was done defending the GOP nominee.

Conservatives were outraged.

And far more House members ripped Ryan’s decision than defended it.

Republicans know if they abandon Trump, their voters my very well abandon them at the ballot box.

In fact, a new Public Policy Polling survey of the Nevada Senate race found Congressman Joe Heck trailing his Democrat opponent by four points after he renounced Trump and rescinded his endorsement.

Ryan’s shameful conduct has other ramifications.

Every new congress, the entire House votes for Speaker of the House.

To win the position, a candidate must earn 218 votes.

Since the Democrats are expected to unanimously vote for Nancy Pelosi, Ryan must cobble together 218 GOP votes.

And the first cracks in that front are appearing.

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine has announced that if Ryan won’t back Trump, he won’t back Ryan.

CNN reports:

“Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma — a conservative who voted for Ryan last year for speaker— is threatening to pull his support if the Wisconsin Republican won’t fall in line behind the GOP nominee.

“Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan,” Bridenstine tweeted Wednesday.

Other conservative Republicans have also flashed their anger toward Ryan over his position that he wouldn’t defend or campaign with Trump, raising the specter that Bridenstine could be the first in a crowd of conservatives rebelling against the speaker.”

Bridenstine won’t be the last Republican to back away from Ryan.

Polls show GOP voters overwhelmingly want Trump to be the nominee.

Ryan’s sabotage only serves to elect Hillary Clinton.

And reporters are noting that Ryan working to elect Hillary makes it more difficult for the GOP to back him for Speaker, since they may have to answer for that vote in a primary.

Should Ryan lose his job, he would be the second consecutive Speaker forced out by conservatives.

John Boehner resigned after it became apparent the House Freedom Caucus would force a vote on a motion to vacate the chair.

Should Ryan be forced out of the position of Speaker, he would only have himself to blame.

He abandoned the GOP nominee – who was selected by a record number of Republican primary voters – and abandoned his rank-and-file members to appease the media and donor establishment.