Just when you thought the GOP couldn’t get more absurd, they’ve finally done it.
The GOP just proved what we’ve all known for years: they will disagree with anything that comes out of President Obama’s mouth, even if they thought it was a great idea five seconds beforehand.
House Speaker Paul Ryan gave an interesting interview to USA Today on Thursday in which he said:
Ryan said he agreed with Obama that Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from the United States was a bad idea. ‘Putting a religious test on anybody coming to this country is wrong,’ the Wisconsin Republican said. ‘We ought to have a security test, not a religious test. That’s who we are.
‘But I think it sort of degrades the presidency to then talk about primary politics in the other party, during primaries. That’s not what presidents ought to be talking about in State of the Union addresses… Speaking up for our values and speaking up for our beliefs is one thing. But kind of wading into the primary politics of the other party is just not really what presidents ought to do.’
The President took some serious shots at Trump at his State of the Union address on Tuesday. “Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?” Obama asked Congress and the country. “That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong,” he reiterated toward the end of the speech.
Oddly enough, Ryan is old hat at dissing Donald Trump’s brand of hate politics. Why would he suddenly decide that it is inappropriate to address it as part of the soul of our nation? Trump is not operating in a silo and he isn’t alone in his racist, xenophobic thinking, in fact, he has probably given a silent minority an excuse to be more open about their own bigotry. Disgusting.
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