Republican Party

Speaker Ryan Pretends There’s No Prejudice in the GOP

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I would find this funny if I didn't think the majority of our hapless media will buy every word of it.

Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Speaker of the House and failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) said there's no room for the KKK in the Republican party because the GOP, he says, believes all people are created equal.

"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," Ryan added. "This is fundamental and if someone wants to be our nominee, they have to understand this."

"I hope this is the last time I have to speak out on this race," he said.

If you just joined the world of the living today, this may make some sense, but for the rest of us it's a load of bologna.

It was only a few days ago that the Republican National Committee (RNC) endorsed bills that would criminalize transgender bathroom use. It wasn't very long ago that the Republican party argued that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment does not apply to gay couples who want to marry. The GOP's candidates and some sitting congressmen have even questioned the validity of birthright citizenship.

I could go on, but you get the point. The idea that the Republican party truly believes all people are 'created equal in the eyes of the government' is belied by many of the party's positions.

Pretending the party isn't something which it clearly is created Donald Trump. Denying it now will only lead to the next Trump.

Paul Ryan ran as Mitt "47 Percent" Romney's running mate on a ticket endorsed by Donald Trump in 2012. Ryan made it clear that he will support the nominee regardless of who it is and that includes Donald Trump.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices.

    Sure it does.

    We appeal to their highest ideals…

    Sure, if those “highest ideals” are an imaginary all-white Christian America that somehow derived 1950s social norms from 1890s economics.

    … this is the party of Lincoln.

    In name only.

    We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government[.]”

    Except for gays, women, Muslims, [non-white] immigrants, &c.

  • Victor the Crab

    This party does not prey on people’s prejudices.

    The BULLSHIT signal from Airplane! is going off like crazy!

    We appeal to their highest ideals.

    The UNBELIEVABLE BULLSHIT signal from Airplane! is going off like crazy as well!

  • muselet

    “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals.

    Oh? Since when?

    This is the party of Lincoln.

    As Charlie Pierce said yesterday, “as though Lincoln could get three votes in any modern Republican primary.”

    Paul Ryan knows every word he said doesn’t bear scrutiny. He just doesn’t care. Party before country, right, Paulie?

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    “The party of Lincoln”…crikey fuck. They’re also the party of Nixon, W Bush, and McCarthy…you don’t see them owning that!

  • ninjaf

    I guess their definition of “people” is not the same as mine. Maybe we should ask him to define what constitutes a person?