Speaker of the House Paul Ryan dove head first into the 2016 election once again when, on Tuesday, he took aim Donald Trump for refusing to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, David Duke.
The controversy began during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Tapper asked the Teflon Don about his endorsement by former KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke, leading Trump to claim he didn’t know “anything” about the KKK or David Duke:
I don’t know anything about David Duke. I don’t know anything about what you are even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean, did he endorse me or what’s going on?
Because I know nothing about David Duke, I know nothing about white supremacists. And so, you are asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.
Now, that’s transparently BS. Everyone knows about the KKK. They controlled the South and the Democratic Party back when the Republicans were the Good Guys. I know it’s hard to believe it, but yes, at one point, the Republicans were the Party of Abraham Lincoln and they were home to ardent socialists and abolitionists. The shift started with FDR and the New Deal; by the time of Reagan, the two parties had completely shifted stances and by the time of Trump, the Republicans shed any illusion of dignity and embraced their inner CSA.
When Trump started taking heat for failing such basic social interaction as repudiating the KKK, he backtracked, and blamed a “faulty earpiece” for his gaff:
Okay, let me tell you — I’m sitting in a house in Florida, with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly hear what he was saying. What I heard was ‘various groups.’ And I don’t mind disavowing anybody and I disavowed David Duke. And I disavowed him before at a major news conference.
Nobody with any credibility believed that then, and if anything, this statement should alienate his fascist, right-wing racist supporters. Trump doesn’t support them enough to come out and point-blank say he supports them. He’d rather pretend he doesn’t know who they are.
It won’t alienate them, of course, but it should.
So into this chaotic mess steps Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who went after Trump for failing to disavow the KKK. In the past, Ryan has been hesitant to weigh in on the issues surrounding the primary, saying if he sees something that “runs counter” to the ideals of the GOP, he’ll speak up.
Apparently, he seems to think Trump lying and being a racist bigot runs counter to the ideals of the GOP:
If a person wants to be a nominee of the Republican Party there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. The Republican Party does not prey on people’s prejudices.
Which, of course, is the freshest, steamiest pile of pig intestines and horse excrement delivered thus far by someone in the GOP. The Republican Party is built on nothing else but people’s prejudices. That’s why it’s the party of GWN — geriatric white nationalism.
Ryan said he hopes the GOP would “appeal to their highest ideals.”
Unfortunately for Ryan, racist bigotry, xenophobia, hatred, lies, and spineless cowardice are the highest ideals of the modern Republican Party.
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