A growing number of congressional Republicans have decided to skip the GOP convention out of fear that it will be an epic conflagration, but Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has agreed to go beyond attending the convention and will actually speak.
An aide to Ryan said the speech will show “the sharp contrast between Republican ideas and four more years of [President] Obama-like progressive policies.”
The aide added that Ryan’s remarks will also illustrate “the need for conservatives to unite around Republican candidates in advance of a critical election.”
This shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone who was paying attention when Ryan said repealing Obamacare is far more important than any of the heinous things Trump has said.
Ryan once referred to Trump’s comments on Judge Curiel as “textbook racism,” but he also emphasized the importance of kicking millions of people off their healthcare and converting Medicare into a privatized coupon program.
“He said Trump represents the best chance at passing our agenda.” […]
“He reiterated that he had confidence that Trump would support the House GOP agenda after having conversations with him, and that he would continue to speak out when he believes it’s necessary,” Strong said.
Ryan’s position hasn’t changed; repealing Obamacare is still more important to him than anything else in the world.
Ryan will be well positioned to become the de facto leader of the Republican party when Trump implodes. Conservatives pundits will undoubtedly declare that Trump was not conservative enough.