House Speaker Paul Ryan has a town hall meeting scheduled on CNN tonight that conflicts with President Trump’s address to the nation about American military operations in Afghanistan.
CNN is promoting him as the anti-Trump, which is easy to do, because he rides on every politically correct cuckservative position he can.
Today, apparently to curry favor with CNN, he insulted the GOP voter base by implying that Trump followers are Nazis.
Microchip, the author of the White House petition calling for the feds to declare the Antifa a terrorist group, calls Ryan’s words a passive-aggressive response to the petition. He also suggests that we understand what Ryan is up to.
Few people want to be labeled Nazi, but if you identify the left as the true danger to America, then you are a Nazi. According to the little bitch Ryan.
Headlined “Let There Be No Confusion,” Ryan writes on Facebook:
“I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need to confront it and defeat it.
That is why we all need to make clear there is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis. We cannot allow the slightest ambiguity on such a fundamental question.”
Later, he adds: “This is a test of our moral clarity. The words we use and the attitudes we carry matter. Yes, this has been a disheartening setback in our fight to eliminate hate. But it is not the end of the story. We can and must do better.”
Now, Ryan — and/or Republican — haters will note that nowhere in that statement does the Speaker actually say the words “Donald Trump” or “President Trump.” And they will — and should! — point out that Ryan very publicly disavowed Trump in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” tape but has pushed the president’s agenda in Congress nonetheless.
All fair. And warranted.
But, it’s also important to note that politics abhors a vacuum. And that people will, inevitably, move to fill such a vacuum. And that is exactly what Ryan is doing here.
As I wrote at the time, Trump’s “on many sides” comments — and then his doubling down two days later — was not solely a political failure but also a moral one. It wasn’t about what we expect from a Republican. It was about what we expect from a leader in a moment of genuine outrage and anxiety. Trump’s cluelessness about what he needed to do in that moment — and his stubborn refusal to acknowledge that, maybe just maybe, he hadn’t handled it the right way, left a giant gaping leadership hole in the country and the party.
Ryan, in this statement, is moving to fill it — to show that he understands the stakes of events like Charlottesville and what it means to the country in a way Trump doesn’t or can’t.
Forget the CNN editorializing. This is huge on its own.
The man who is third in line to be president should something happen to Trump and Pence refuses to acknowledge the existence of the absolute disgusting hatred of white people, Christianity, and America by the violent left.