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Friday, March 16, 2018


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is using his position as a top Republican leader to condemn Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from coming into the United States. But even so, he couldn’t quite bring himself to denounce the candidate outright.

“Normally, I do not comment on what’s going on in the presidential election — I will take an exception today,” Ryan said at his press conference Tuesday morning. “This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for — and more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”

But will Ryan take a truly serious stand here — and refuse to support Trump if he’s the nominee?

“I’m gonna support whoever the Republican nominee is,” Ryan said, “and I’m gonna stand up for what I believe in as I do that.”

But maybe it’s also worth asking: How much has Ryan himself contributed to the political environment that really made Trump possible? After all, Ryan has been among those leaders who has called for stopping the refugee process — a “pause,” he said — and led the House in trying to pass a new law that would slow it down.

Video via The Associated Press.

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8 Responses to Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump

  1. Have you noticed something different with Paul Ryan? He is growing a beard. I believe he is being radicalized as a Democrat.

  2. Speaker Ryan did the right thing denouncing Trump’s irresponsible rhetoric, reminding people that what The Donald proposed is inconsistent with what the GOP stands for…but refraining from rejecting or endorsing the candidacy of a presidential candidate. Elected officials should not do the latter.

  3. Speaker Ryan’s call for a pause of Muslim refugees because we can’t know who is who, is exactly what Trump is saying. There are Muslim killers already here, do we bring in more?

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