Election 2016

Trump Critic Paul Ryan Will Speak at Trump’s Convention

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan will do anything to climb that greasy pole, won’t he?

    Can anyone else imagine him standing in front of the bathroom mirror, resting his left hand on the counter just so, raising his right hand and intoning solemnly, “I, Paul Davis Ryan, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States …”?


  • Groundloop

    “He reiterated that he had confidence that Trump would support the House GOP agenda, and all 12 Articles of the Constitution”.

    For a guy that in part has risen to be the presumptive GOP nominee for President by not being a politician, Trump embodies most of the worst aspects of what many people think a “politician” to be, including, but not limited to, not having any core values and telling people what they want to hear, when they want to hear it. I imagine strategy sessions for his team go something like this:

    Surrogate #1: Does anybody know what and who we’re defending/refuting/attacking today?

    Surrogate #2: F***ed if I know.

    Surrogate #3: So, SNAFU then?

  • Badgerite

    That last sentence exactly. It is quite risky. For the country at least. But I have never noticed that the modern day GOP cared much for the country or its future. So.

  • So Ryan is comfy with giving a speech in favor of Herr Drumpf, a man he accused of making outright racist statements a few weeks ago? Hypocrisy they name is Republican.

  • Aynwrong

    “Conservatives pundits will undoubtedly declare that Trump was not conservative enough.”

    Communism Conservatism cannot fail. It can only be failed.