Election 2016 Racism

Speaker Ryan Says Trump’s Comments Are “Textbook Racism,” Will Support Trump Anyway

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan answered questions from reporters in D.C. this morning where he finally called a spade a 'spade.'

Ryan said GOP nominee Donald Trump's attack on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is 'textbook racism' but, make no mistake, Paul Ryan will support Donald Trump even if Trump is openly racist.

But Ryan, who endorsed Trump only last week after a lengthy delay, went on to say: "But do I believe Hillary Clinton is the answer? No, I do not."

"I believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day, and we have more likelihood of getting our policies enacted with him than we do with her," Ryan said. "But I do absolutely disavow those comments, I think they're wrong, I think they're wrongheaded, and the thinking behind it is something I don't even personally relate to."

What Speaker Ryan is saying is he'll support institutional racism if it will allow him to repeal Obamacare.

The end justifies the means for Paul Ryan.

To my amusement, Ryan's gutless support for Trump has completely overshadowed the reason he was speaking to reporters this morning to begin with. Ryan visited a poor neighborhood in D.C. where he unveiled his plans to make them even more poor. Fortunately or unfortunately for Ryan, depending on your perspective, Donald Trump has completely sucked all of the oxygen out of the room. No one has time to cover Ryan's bullshit policy proposals.

I'd say that's ultimately a bad thing for Ryan because he relies on positive media coverage to project his vision of himself as a Very Serious policy wonk. Without the aide of positive media stenography, Ryan has nothing. Ryan is about as charismatic as a wet diaper.

  • Badgerite

    I have a picture of Ryan rocking back and forth and murmuring to himself, “Serenity now. Serenity now.”
    Serenity now. Insanity later. This monster who is a racist turd and seems to think it is really ‘tough’ to mock disabled people, and whose idea of a business, after having been born with a $40 million dollar bank account is to scam working people out of whatever he can, is your party’s nominee for President of the United States. You people suck.

  • muselet

    If it weren’t Paul Ryan with the problem, I might feel some sympathy. Having to walk a tightwire like that—displaying conspicuous loyalty to a party which has gone stark staring mad and its racist presidential nominee while trying to sound sane and anti-racist oneself—can’t be easy.

    However, it is Paul Ryan with the problem, so I choose to echo Nelson Muntz:

    Party before country. What a surprise.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Nelson is one of the great philosophers of this or any other era.