Following Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s statement where he said that he wants to see a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was quick to denounce Trump’s comments in a press conference Tuesday.
“This is not conservatism,” Ryan said. “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”
When I heard these words, I was a bit confused. Was Ryan not paying attention to the same Republican party I had known for the last few years? More importantly, how do you rationally claim that the values of your party’s leading presidential candidate don’t represent those of your party? Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t voters tend to support the candidate whom they feel most represents their values?
Well, we don’t even have to ask those questions anymore. A poll which just came out proves that Ryan is either a liar or flat-out delusional because Trump’s bigoted and hate-filled rhetoric is exactly what most Republicans support.
According to a Bloomberg/Purple Strategies poll, 65 percent of likely Republican primary voters support the ban. Let me repeat that, 65 percent – or just about two-thirds of Republicans – support Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Now compare that with the overall population where only 37 percent of likely voters backed such a proposal.
In other words, it’s Republicans – and their “values” – that comprise the overwhelming majority of Americans who support banning all Muslims from entering the United States.
But for Ryan to deny that Trump represents his party is comical. This isn’t some random candidate who had a brief moment at or near the top of the polls like Herman Cain did in 2011. Essentially from the moment Trump called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals he’s been the overwhelming frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. And with every vile remark, from disrespecting a war veteran to mocking the physical disabilities of a reporter, his numbers have only continued to climb.
Paul Ryan and many of his fellow Republicans can deny it all they want, but their fear-mongering and pandering to the scum of our society is what created Donald Trump the presidential candidate. What the hell did these people think was driving this Obama isn’t an American/he’s a Muslim/he’s a socialist trying to destroy the United States/he hates the Constitution rhetoric?
These are people whose hate, racism, bigotry and intolerance used to be cast out into the shadows of civilization. Now they’ve been given a voice and representation in our government via the tea party. And now they have their very own presidential frontrunner.
But make no mistake about it, this sort of hostile and radical rhetoric isn’t limited to Trump – Sen. Ted Cruz is even worse. Not only does he line up with Trump on just about every issue as it relates to Muslims, but he brings a whole heaping of Christian radicalism that Trump can’t even touch. So let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that it’s just Trump whose built a platform on hate, fear and intolerance; Cruz has done the exact same thing since getting elected to the United States Senate.
It’s like I said on Twitter last night, the debate is over – Republicans are now fascists. While many of us on the left have seen the signs of this coming for quite some time, the rise of Trump has cemented the GOP as a party driven by fascism. Whether or not people like Paul Ryan want to admit that is their problem. As they say, the thing about reality is that it’s real whether or these Republicans want to believe in it.