He’s still one of the most respected conservatives in the Republican party, but in my opinion, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is nothing but a spineless scumbag. While he doesn’t seem like someone who’s as radical as other Republicans like Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz, he most definitely is. If anything, I view him as someone who’s even more dangerous than individuals like Trump or Cruz because, while they don’t conceal their “right-wing crazy,” Ryan usually hides his very well.
- He saved up Social Security benefits he received after his father’s death to pay for school.
- He went to a publicly funded university.
- He’s never really held a private-sector job.
- He’s worked for the government practically his entire adult life.
Fascinating how someone can base a career on the “evils of government,” while having most of their life aided and/or funded by it either through federal programs like Social Security, attending a public school subsidized by taxpayers or working for that very same government most of his life.
Well, during a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Ryan was asked how can he stomach supporting someone like Donald Trump simply because he’s a Republican.
“I cannot and will not support Donald Trump, and it concerns me when the Republican leadership is supporting somebody who is openly racist and has said Islamophobic statements, wants to shut down our borders,” a student named Zachary Marcone said. “Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate, somebody who could be very destructive for our nation.”
So, what was Ryan’s answer?
“That basically means you’re going to help elect Hillary Clinton.” Ryan responded. “And I don’t think Hillary Clinton is going to support any of the things that you stand for if you’re a Republican.”
I think it’s important to point out that he didn’t dispute Mr. Marcone’s accusations about Trump, which is rather telling. Heck, he didn’t even try to counter what this student said by saying anything positive about his party’s presidential nominee. Instead, the first thing he did was attack Hillary Clinton.
Not only that, but if you look at Ryan’s “logic” for explaining why Marcone should support someone who’s built a campaign on bigotry, racism and fear-mongering, he could say that same thing about someone like former Grand Wizard of the KKK, and infamous white supremacist, David Duke. After all, Duke won as a Republican in Louisiana in 1989 and supports many of the same policies as Donald Trump. In fact, David Duke (as well as other white supremacist groups) has praised Trump and many of his biggest campaign promises.
If you really break down the context of what Ryan said, his “litmus test” for whether or not he would support a presidential candidate really comes down to: I’ll support any racist, bigoted or vile candidate just as long as they support at least some of the same things I do.
That’s rather pathetic when you really think about it. It would be one thing for Ryan to support a less than ideal GOP candidate if they just weren’t “conservative enough” or differed on a couple of key GOP policies — that’s not a huge thing. However, Trump is a bona fide bigot, racist and the closest thing to a fascist we’ve seen become a major party’s presidential candidate in U.S. history.
If anything, I’ve gained some respect for the few Republicans who’ve had the nerve to stand up and say they’re not going to support Trump just because he’s their party’s nominee.
But not Paul Ryan. While it’s blatantly obvious he’s not thrilled with Trump being the GOP candidate for president, he’s too spineless to take a bold stand against him because he’s terrified of what that might do for his own future ambitions to run for president one day. Paul Ryan damn well knows the only chance he has at ever becoming president is with the support of the same bigots and racists who’ve propelled Donald Trump to his unexpected success and the Republican party’s presidential nomination.
Watch Ryan’s comments below via CNN:
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