Election 2016

No, Paul Ryan Doesn’t Have That Much Integrity

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was asked last night if he believes Speaker of the House Paul Ryan actually wants him to win to which Trump said Ryan may be thinking about his own run.

When asked by ABC News' Tom Llamas before a campaign event tonight in Green Bay, Wisconsin, whether he believed Ryan wanted him to win the race to the White House, Trump responded, "Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win."

If it were true that Ryan isn't supporting Trump because he's looking forward to his own run in four years. that would actually be a less heinous explanation for his current behavior.

Ryan may not be as enthusiastic about Trump's candidacy as Trump would like, but Ryan still supports him. Ryan is still making the case that Trump is a better option than Hillary Clinton. Ryan is doing this because he wants to cut taxes for the rich, repeal Obamacare, privatize Medicare, and shred our social safety nets.

Ryan would sacrifice anything to realize the Randian fantasies he's been dreaming about since he was a college freshman. Ryan would sacrifice his dignity, the dignity of the United States, and Democracy itself to pass his granny-starving budget.

Paul Ryan is an ideological animal and we'd all be better off if his own political future was all he really cared about. We'd be better off if he was a typical, self-interested politician. Ryan's ideas aren't actually popular with voters and were already overwhelmingly rejected in 2012. They would easily be rejected again in 2020. Ryan isn't running for president because he knows gerrymandered control of the House is the only thing that enables him.

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan is still endorsing Donald Trump because he believes being a loyal Republican will win him brownie points for his 2020 run (it won’t, if you remember the reception he got from his own conference when he told fellow Rs to cut Trump loose if they thought it would help their reelection chances). Being the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin is fine and dandy, but he wants to be the zombie-eyed granny-starver in the Oval Office.

    I’m not sure Ryan is smart enough to realize his vision is unpopular, and I’m quite sure he doesn’t believe his ideas were rejected in 2012. And I guaran-damn-tee, every morning, he looks into the bathroom mirror, raises his right hand and quietly intones, “I, Paul Davis Ryan, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States …”

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Nailed it.

  • David Greenberg

    Terrifying that people like Ryan have the levers of power in their hands. Why isn’t he being exposed for the dumbass fuckup that he is? Thinking of how many worse than him there are out there prevents a good night’s sleep.

    • Georgie
    • Christopher Foxx

      Why isn’t he being exposed for the dumbass fuckup that he is?

      Oh, that’s easy. Worthless “reporters” who believe it’s their job to only report what politicians say and not point out to their readers/viewers that it was all lies. And spineless democrats who fail to ever forcefully call Republicans out on their shit because they fear it might make the Republicans act mean to them.