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Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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The Republican panic continues over Donald Trump, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaking Tuesday morning against The Donald’s failure to condemn the endorsement of Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

This is in fact the second time Ryan has spoken out against Trump, the first time coming after Trump previously called for banning Muslims from entering the country. And keep in mind, Ryan hasn’t even felt the need to say anything about the other candidates.

One problem, though: Ryan, as a Republican leader, has still pledged himself to support the GOP nominee — even if it’s Trump. So will that change any time soon? (And as a bonus, many top Republicans are reportedly making plans to cut ties from The Donald if it comes to that.)

“This is the kind of moment where we should be having a serious debate about the policies needed to restore the American ideal,” Ryan told reporters, reading quite earnestly and forcefully from prepared remarks. “Instead, the conversation over the last few days has been about white supremacist groups.

“As you know, I try to stay out of the day-to-day ups and downs of the primary. But I’ve said when I see something that runs counter to who we are as a party, and as a country, I’ll speak up. So today I want to be very clear about something: If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games — they must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals.

“This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God, and our government. This is fundamental. And if someone wants to be our nominee, then you must understand this. I hope this is the last time I need to speak out on this race. It’s time to get back to focusing on how, specifically, how we can get to solving the many problems that American families are facing after seven years of Barack Obama. For now, I’ll just leave it at that.”

And for now, it appears he’s simply leaving it at that.

Video via Reuters.

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33 Comments

  1. 1standlastword March 1, 2016

    Stilted speech: In psychiatry, stilted speech or pedantic speech is a symptom exhibited through a person’s communication of a thought disorder in schizophrenia indicated by speech content that is “inappropriately pompous, legalistic, philosophical, or quaint”.

    That is my endorsement of Wonder Boy Ryan’s theather.

    And lastly, The Donald defines the republican party’ attitude on race we have all come to witness since the election of Barak Obama.

    The Donald is holding up a mirror to the republicans and finally the image they’ve been projecting is in sharp focus

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    1. jmprint March 1, 2016

      You hit it right on the mirror.

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    2. Irishgrammy March 1, 2016

      Again, another perfect comment 1standlastword! Just perfectly the truth!

      Reply
    3. Leftout March 2, 2016

      What attitude on race ? Just one.

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      1. 1standlastword March 2, 2016

        One for each of the obstructionists and just so you don’t feel “Leftout”…one for you!

        How’s that!?

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        1. Leftout March 2, 2016

          Ah! Come on, Not good, evidently you have no argument .

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  2. greenlantern1 March 1, 2016

    The Republican party CLAIMS to be the party of Lincoln!
    Ever read his SPOT RESOLUTIONS?
    What did he say about Mexico?
    He was assassinated, after he bolted, from the Republican party!
    He formed the UNION party!
    He chose Andrew Johnson to be his VP!
    The RADICAL REPUBLICANS, their designation, impeached Lincoln’s VP!
    The party; of Nixon and Trump, is the party of Lincoln?

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  3. Lynda Groom March 1, 2016

    The young man seens a tad conflicted. He comes out against Trumps inability to stand up to white supremacy, yet he is still committed to voting for Trump. Just what kind of message is Ryan trying to send to the masses?

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    1. iamproteus March 1, 2016

      The message is simple: “Ignore the man behind the curtain. Vote Republican!”

      Reply
    2. Leftout March 2, 2016

      Trump renounced KKK several Months in a similar quizzing by the sleeze John Hielman , almost verbatim as Jerk Tapper. Trumps answer was the same them. Trump is on to such gotcha questioning from George Steph and chuck Todd and others , it is laughable at this point and so obvious , very few have journalism degrees to be proficient in this type of questioning and it shows. Has anyone ever questioned Hillary on her affection for KKK master ,Sen. Robert Byrd

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      1. Lynda Groom March 3, 2016

        Indeed Senator Byrd, when 24 years of age, was involved with the KKK during the 1940’s. Over time he changed and was able to disavow the Klan. Here something you might find of interest from Bryd’s memoir.

        ‘It has emerged thoughtout my life to haunt and embarass me and has taught me in a very graphic way what one major mistake can do to one’s life, career, and reputation.’

        From an interview with the Post Bryd also said. ‘I know now I was wrong. Intolerance has no place in America. I apologized a thousand times…and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.’

        It is fair to point out the Ms Clinton met Senator many decades after that horrible youthful decision was long gone. Byrd was ever admired by the NAACP for his support for Civil Rights.

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        1. Leftout March 3, 2016

          Ok , it has been some time. These silly gotchas are childish deflections from
          Discussing issues.

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  4. jmprint March 1, 2016

    “He meant to say after 7 years of the GOP obstructing Obama’s policies, and the mess that Bush left us in”

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  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 1, 2016

    The “toxins” that political Conservatism has emitted into America’s “atmosphere” has choked off all reasoning among the myrmidons that worship the cynicism and purely materialistic ideology that defines it.

    The “masks” that conservatives have worn for decades to avoid choking on the noxious fumes has been removed from their faces, courtesy of the Frankenstein they themselves have helped bring into existence over that period.

    The monster has assumed such enormity that Ryan et al are gasping for air. But wait—things can only get worse because of the ticking time-bomb that William F. Buckley Jr, Nixon, Reagan, and company have turned on which is set to go off any day.

    We’re almost at “ZERO”—even “007” of “Gold Finger” fame can’t help.

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  6. kingartie1 March 1, 2016

    So Mr. Ryan’s statement asserts the tenet of the purported idealism of the Republican party, that it’s against racism and white supremacist groups — and then concludes his statement with a dig at the black president. Of course, every family in America that struggles, every unpaid college tuition, every lost job, every foreclosed home, and so on, that’s all Obama’s fault. The policies and legislation, or lack thereof, of a Congress that has been majority Republican for more than 3 years, have no presence in the equation. National budget deficit: cut in half. Volume of imported oil: way down. Jobless: down by half since ’10. Stocks: on an overall upward trajectory. Combat troops deployed overseas: drastically reduced.
    The stats could go on. Perfect? Not by a long shot. Just good. But the short shrift Ryan gives him, “after seven years of Barack Obama,” is a rather clear slap in a black man’s face. I don’t recall any public Republican statements remotely that explicit when W was still in office, and no one with a brain bigger than a golf ball will argue that the country was better off in ’09 then it is now. And furthermore, it is NOW that Ryan speaks out to uphold some ideal of harmony that has far more often been honored in the breach than in practice. The racist dog whistles–both subtle and overt–have been regularly sounded on every anti-president media outlet, including those of the Klan and AWS, in this country since day one, and only now, when Trump clearly implicates the Republican brand, does Ryan choose to get on his high horse and play the besmirched big daddy. Give us a break with the Republican’ts constant impulse to spew bovine excrement as if it were Aristotle and Jefferson.

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    1. I of John March 1, 2016

      well put.

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    2. Irishgrammy March 1, 2016

      Perfect, just flat out PERFECT kingartie1!!! Paul Ryan never, absolutely never misses an opportunity to sling his insults at President Obama. Refuses to work with him, refuses to do absolutely anything that would in any way benefit the American people if he had to, in any way, work with the president. AGAIN, another massive failure as Speaker going down the same path as Boehner. Do these idiots realize this continuing obstruction, unyielding stubborn and childish obstinate behavior, is exactly the behavior that is pissing off the American public and giving rise to a Donald Trump stoking rage, hatred of others, and blaming the helpless who are unable to defend themselves as he takes his faux outrage at the dysfunction in DC, Hells Bells Ryan/McConnell et al are giving Trump the ammunition to continue the rage he is using. His followers don’t give a twit about the KKK or David Duke, or White Supremacists, those guys are part of his “base” he is never going to disavow them……. And even though we are doing SO much better since 2009, this country would have been so much better off financially and in job creation, passed that Immigration Bill, had all of these idiots worked with the president and Democrats putting the country FIRST and not Republican politics power plays, and refusing to acknowledge the wishes of the American people electing TWICE by over riding votes, Pres. Obama. Frankly I don’t believe any of the utter insanity that is going on right now with the rise of Trump and his vicious rhetoric would be happening had the Immigration Bill passed and the country was in a better place with cooperation and compromise and showing the more than earned respect for a President that was soundly elected by the highest turn out in history, and it bears repeating…….. TWICE!!!

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  7. Richard Elvers March 1, 2016

    Cruz can’t run for President because of both are not U.S. citizens of the United States this is in our constitution that both parents be U.S. citizens of the United States

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    1. JPHALL March 1, 2016

      Where does it say that in the Constitution?

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      1. Leftout March 2, 2016

        The 14 the amendment was written for the freed slaves only, it was bastardized afterwards and only means born on the soil. It excludes those that are anchor babies. 1952

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        1. JPHALL March 2, 2016

          What about 1952? You are the first person I have heard claiming that non Black babies born here are not covered by the 14th amendment. Even the Republican leadership has not made that claim. In fact they want to pass an amendment changing that section of the amendment. Subject: Re: Comment on Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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          1. Leftout March 2, 2016

            All American Blacks are automatically citizens and by the way do not require proof of citizenship, thanks to the 14th. All other citizens are defined as having to be borne/born here , minus anchor babies.
            /1952 McCarren-Walter Act
            This interpretation is looking to be defined by the SC courts as some are trying to do.

            Therefore all American Blacks are Democrats 99% and should be automatically totaled during elections with out having to show up.at the polls. This in essence nullifies any voter suppression charges ….false issue anyway.

            The precious post drifted to legality of Cruz etc. to run .

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          2. JPHALL March 2, 2016

            Wow! You are so full of BS! Your right wing leaders have admitted their goals to reduce the minority vote by these laws which do exclude thousands of Americans from voting. Many seniors no longer have driver licenses. Others lack the funds to travel hundreds of miles to a DMV office since local offices were closed.
            Subject: Re: Comment on Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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          3. Leftout March 2, 2016

            Good Grief , We hear this lack of ability to find a suitable ID every 8 years or election cycle. If you can not get an ID in that amount of time you are too stupid to vote . There are plenty of political volunteer groups that can drive a person to get ID. What am I missing. ? Again all Blacks are automatically citizens and should have no problems in my world and as people with an Attirude, they do not even have to show up at the polls. Perfect .

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          4. JPHALL March 2, 2016

            More BS. Name some groups who can help folks get an ID and drive them to polls besides Black churches and the Democratic party which have been doing that since 1964. By the way, there are still Americans who cannot get a copy of their Birth Certificate and live miles from a polling place. Burnt and/or lost over the years. The other problem has been the Republican Sec. of States who have refused to provide adequate resources for voters in Democratic districts. Florida is famous for this tactic.
            Subject: Re: Comment on Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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          5. Leftout March 3, 2016

            OFA , a neighbor, Lots Ways to get to a place of authorization, I’ve done it myself . I am a big guy and no one would dare question me. No doubt in some case it is difficult to get original paperwork, but if you are persistent like Obama you can get the papers after four years , even Obama was able to fabricate a document. After 3 + years.

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          6. JPHALL March 3, 2016

            As I repeatedly say to you,more BS. Many rural Americans find it hard to get a birth certificate because old records were burned by fires in badly maintained city halls and halls of records in the Midwest and South before the computer age. As to Obama’s birth certificate, again you are full of sh*t! Subject: Re: Comment on Endorse This: Speaker Paul Ryan Vs. Donald Trump — Part 2!

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  8. Richard Elvers March 1, 2016

    Ryan get a grip on what your saying Obama should not have been President . but hes brought us out of trouble with the Bush agenda he created so you’d better curb it you jerk .

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  9. Jake Hawkes March 1, 2016

    Dr. David Duke is not a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

    He was, 40 years ago in a non-violent organization that was part of the KKK, but he hasn’t been associated with them since. He did not endorse Trump. He said he agrees with Trump on some issues and disagrees with him on others and will probably vote for him but he did not endorse him.
    I’m not a supporter of David Duke or Donald Trump but I hate to see the media print lies to sensationalize issues.

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  10. nana4gj March 1, 2016

    “Restoring the American Ideal”…..that would be if both parties in Congress work together for the good of the nation.

    As for Ryan’s concept of the “American Ideal”, I assume he means a Conservative Agenda, top to bottom, nothing more, nothing less. I do not embrace that ideal.

    Republicans really do not care which of them sits in the WH. The dumber the individual is, the least capable, the better. Someone will actually be calling the shots, not any Republican President of late, nor any candidate of theirs of late.

    Ryan did say one thing that stuck with me, to the effect that, no matter how “this” all turns out, he is committed, through his House of Reps, as Speaker, to do things as he sees fit.

    So, there.

    Democrats will need to set aside differences and vote for whichever is our nominee. You hurt no one but yourselves, and many innocent people, by sitting it out in rebellion, revolt, or depression, or, worse, for voting for the Republican candidate or wasting your vote with a write in. Sometimes, in life, one has to temper the aspirational with the achievable. We will need to vote in EVERY election to clean the House, and the Senate.

    And who of us wants Republicans in every state of the nation; Republican Senate; Republican House, Republican President, and a Republican Supreme Court??

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  11. CrankyToo March 1, 2016

    The Greedy Old Pricks’ll be sh!tting green bricks come Wednesday.

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  12. irishtap March 1, 2016

    Well, the man behind the curtain of corruption speaks. Trouble is he has no wisdom, moral courage, integrity or patriotism. He’s only another punk – influenced by his high end campaign contributors. Ryan is no more than a waiter to Charles and David Koch. The virtues he claims the GOP ascribe to, have been extinct since Teddy Roosevelt. He doesn’t believe a single thing he said. Not one of these pathogens of representative government should be taken seriously. Today the Republican Party is a haven for radicalism. Their only unity comes from the collective squeal we hear when pretending to do their damn jobs.
    So no Trump huh? Who then? Every last one of them is a hideous joke. Hope that was ‘fair and balanced’.

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  13. Leftout March 2, 2016

    Paul Ryan you are a disappointment and POS republican RINO, you guys had placed 17 choices for the primaries and the PEOPLE have spoken. Now you are small handed and whining about the results . You should have run instead of moving your small hands in your pants , still looking for happiness. The VOTERS are tired of bawless sissies. You were given a full house in Congress and still you guys Fd up. We have been on to you and now you all should resign for not listening to the people that placed you in office.

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