“This party does not prey on people’s prejudices:” House Speaker calls out Trump on KKK

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan called out Donald Trump for failing to denounce white supremacists groups over the weekend.

“If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group of cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices,” Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Trump declined to disavow support from David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, claiming he didn’t know anything about the group.

He later complained he didn’t hear the questions in the interview because of a “bad earpiece.”

Ryan asserted the Republican Party is “the party of Lincoln.”

“We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government. This is fundamental and if someone wants to be our nominee they must understand this,” he said.

Despite his criticism of the current GOP front-runner’s recent comments, the speaker repeated his pledge to back whoever secures the delegates to win the nomination.

“My plan is to support the nominee,” Ryan said.

As House speaker, Ryan will preside over the GOP convention in July.

Citing his role at the convention, Ryan regularly refuses to weigh in on the presidential campaign, even in the face of a string of controversial statements from Trump. He did denounce Trump’s proposal in December to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, though, and said on Tuesday, “I hope this is the last time I need to speak out on this race.”

Pressed about divisions inside his party and warnings about the impact of Trump at the top of the ticket, the speaker downplayed any splits.

“We’re conservatives. We believe in the American idea. We believe in the principles that built this country,” he said, adding that he would continue working on an agenda for the eventual nominee and speak out nationally about what Republicans policies and contrast them with Democratic proposals.


  • Opinion8d

    While I like Paul Ryan, this sounds like more politics at play. Why does someone have to ‘disavow’ someone’s support? People are free to support who they want – I thought we are supposed to respect all opinions -like them or not? If Trump, or any candidate didn’t use their endorsement, then who really cares? When it comes down to it, all elected officials represent the people. You don’t have to be in favor of their stand on issues or work to further them. This should be a non-issue on all sides.

    • supra et ultra

      You guys don’t get it. “In truth, the partner parties compete superficially and dishonestly to entertain the electorate, to maintain the aura of a democracy. Illusion creates the delusion of Americans that voting in elections will deliver political reforms, despite a long history of politicians lying in campaigns about reforms, new directions and bold new policies.”
      “The rulers need power shifting between the teams to maintain popular trust in the political system. Voting manifests that trust—as if changing people will fix the system. It doesn’t.”

  • Al P

    Hey Mr. Ryan, Why didn’t you have the GUTS to stand up to Obama like you now want to show your strength against Donald Trump. You and the establishment Republicans are a joke and disgrace to Conservatism!! Absolutely Pathetic in every way.

    • unicorns and rainbows

      You are correct Al. This November when President Elect clinton is declared the winner our party will, as usual, ask “How did we lose again”? Answer, because our Grand Old Party is stuck on stupid.

      • dragonclutch

        ah, hello, it’s controlled. If voting worked they wouldn’t let us do it. Think about it.
        There is NO choice:
        The genius of the plutocrats is to create the illusion of important differences between the two parties, and the illusion of political choice in elections.

      • supra et ultra

        The term plutocracy is generally used as a pejorative to describe or warn against an undesirable condition.[3][4] Throughout history, political thinkers such as Winston Churchill, 19th-century French sociologist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th-century Spanish monarchist Juan Donoso Cortés and today Noam Chomsky have condemned plutocrats for ignoring their social responsibilities, using their power to serve their own purposes and thereby increasing poverty and nurturing class conflict, corrupting societies with greed and hedonism.[5][6]

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