Republicans are furious that Donald Trump has chosen not to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in his primary battle in Wisconsin so Mike Pence had to do it.
It’s a perfect demonstration of the split between Trump and the Republican establishment.
Paul Ryan could very well be ousted by his primary opponent, which means House Republicans would have to once again go through another clusterf*ck to choose the next Speaker of the House, assuming that Republicans can keep majority control after the election in November.
Ryan could receive a boost from Donald Trump, or the endorsement could be a curse depending on how you think about it. But Republican leaders are angry because Trump is still withholding his endorsement.
“I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” Trump told the Washington Post on Tuesday. “We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”
That has to sting if you are Paul Ryan, a man who has criticized Trump on multiple occasions while still supporting him as the Republican nominee.
The fact is, however, that Ryan may have dug his political grave by waffling on Donald Trump.
After all, Americans have witnessed Paul Ryan condemn Trump’s words and policies, but the Speaker still can’t bring himself to reject Trump as the leader of his party despite all of the racism and hate Trump represents. Ryan’s lack of moral fortitude is what is costing him right now so he really doesn’t have anyone to blame but himself.
Mike Pence, on the other hand, did the opposite and kissed Ryan’s ass on behalf of the party.
“I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his reelection,” the Indiana Governor and GOP vice-presidential nominee told Fox News on Wednesday. “I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States to rebuild our military, to strengthen our economy and to ensure that we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make America great again.”
The problem for Republicans is that the military isn’t broken, the economy continues to get stronger every day, and America is already great. They want people to believe their doom and gloom description of America but it’s not true, nor is it the kind of rhetoric one expects to hear from Republicans, especially since Ronald Reagan’s positive views of America helped catapult conservatives into power in this country in the first place.
President Obama has been in office for nearly eight years and the sky has not fallen. But you wouldn’t know that if you only ever heard Republicans talk.
Donald Trump only offers a view of America as if the apocalypse has blanketed the land and his ascension to the Republican nomination has divided the party like never before. And it seems like while Trump is crisscrossing the country making a mess, Pence is the one charged with cleaning it up. But as long as Trump remains on top of the Republican ticket, there’s not a shovel big enough to clean up that much bullshit. And Republicans know it and regret it. They just don’t regret it enough to do the nation a favor by stripping Trump of the nomination. In the end, it will be up to the voters to clean up the bullshit by making sure all Republicans lose by a landslide.
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