Any lingering respect you might have had for Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Unprincipled) has been tossed in the dumpster.
Ryan called out The Donald’s shocking, blatant racism. House Speaker Ryan – the third person in line to be U.S. President – called The Donald’s criticism of an Hispanic-American judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
You’ll recall that The Donald is being sued by a wide range of states and individuals over his fraudulent Trump University. When The Donald lost a preliminary motion to have the case thrown out, the Trumpster lashed out at the judge hearing the case, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, a federal district court judge in California. The Donald claims that Judge Curiel, who was born in East Chicago, Indiana, to parents who were both naturalized U.S. citizens, is incapable of objectively judging the case because of his Mexican heritage and record of being, in Mr. Trump’s words, “a hater of Donald Trump.”1 The only evidence The Donald has of this alleged hate and bias is that Judge Curiel has the temerity to follow the law and ruled against the Trumpster.2
So what did Speaker Ryan due when confronted with the patent racism of The Donald?
He endorsed the Trumpster for President of the United States.
Can we think about this for a moment? The SPeaker of the U.S. house publicly identifies Donald Trump as a racist. And endorses him for President. The most powerful Republican in Congress endorsed a racist scofflaw for President. Speaker Ryan claims that a racist, misogynist, ignorant bully is better than Secretary Hillary Clinton, who is, WC must admit, guilty of being a Democrat.
That defense of the Speaker’s decision – “better than a Democrat” – may tell you everything you need to know about Speaker Ryan and the Republican Party he leads.3
Among other things, it tells you that Speaker’s Ryan’s principles are so flexible, so soft, as to beggar the term. The spokesman, the Congressional face, of the Republican Party, the political party of Lincoln, has endorsed a racist for President.
And if Speaker Ryan’s endorsement is effective and, heaven forfend, The Donald becomes President, Speaker Ryan can watch him destroy the United States.
Speaker Ryan has sold his soul. For Donald Trump. Even The Donald might criticize the lousy deal Ryan got.
- Judge Curiel has a distinguished record as an Ass’t U.S. Attorney, helping to bring down the Arellano Félix cartel. He was made a state judge by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is, after all, a Republican. And nominated to the U.S. District Court by President Obama and confirmed by, yes, a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. ↩
- These claims of bias are part of The Donald’s regular playbook, as documented by the New York Times. He’s used the same shoddy tactic at least twice before. ↩
- George Will is inclined to Sir Thomas More’s references to sale of your honor. An interesting analogy, coming from George Will. ↩