Speaker Paul Ryan should hide his head in a bag. After making an effort to hide his endorsement of Donald Trump last week by announcing it in his hometown Wisconsin newspaper and avoiding using the “e” word, Ryan now has to own his adopted political father.
“Claiming a person can’t do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said. “I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
Ryan is trying to patch the iceberg-sized hole in the Titanic. He announced an agenda intended to bring unity to the GOP, in six parts. The problem is that Trump doesn’t need or want unity. Anyone who speaks critically of him is mercilessly bombed. Trump even calls his own staff “stupid” when they told supporters to use common sense handling the presumptive nominee’s racist remarks about Judge Curiel.
After calling Trump’s comments “indefensible,” the Speaker still maintained that Trump is worth supporting because Trump is not Hillary. It’s this attitude among Republicans that will make the GOP become the Whigs of the 21st century.
In 2016, the GOP is everything that isn’t Hillary. No matter how bad, how ugly, unacceptable, indefensible, racist, authoritarian, anti-liberty; no matter how liberal Trump’s remarks or ideas are, he’s not Hillary.
Trump is doing to the GOP what the Democrats would do to America with illegal immigration. Just open the borders to everyone, to hell with having a nation. With Trump nothing matters except what he says, and if you don’t like what he says, suck it up, buttercup, because that’s the new party.
If Ryan thinks he can own Trump and at the same time disown his “indefensible” comments, he’s going to be very, very disappointed.