Paul Ryan's Primary Opponent Asks 'Why Do We Have Muslims in the Country?'

Paul Nehlen suggested discussing deportation of all U.S. Muslims

"If someone is supporting Sharia, that is doing something wrong," he said.

"Are you suggesting that we deport all of the Muslims in this country?" asked radio host Dan Proft.

"I'm suggesting we have a discussion about it, that's for sure," Nehlen replied.

Trump, who declined to back Ryan's reelection run in an interview with the Washington Post, thanked Nehlen for his support on Twitter, and told the Post Nehlen has run a "very good campaign."

A spokesman for Ryan said the Wisconsin Republican never sought Trump's endorsement.

"The only endorsements that I want are those of my own employers here in the first congressional district, and that's really what my focus is," Ryan said in a radio interview Thursday.

Ryan, who accused Nehlen of misrepresenting and lying about his record in Congress, is expected to win his primary race next week.