Paul Ryan’s “Trumptized” primary challenger made a bold play to impress Donald Trump by taking Trump’s Muslim ban idea one step too far.
Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, is facing a tough primary for his Wisconsin U.S. congressional seat this year, thanks in part to the GOP’s presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Earlier this year, after Trump disposed of his final primary challenger, Ryan was noticeably slow to endorse the billionaire formally before the RNC convention. Back in May, Ryan said:
I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” in an interview
Unfortunately for Ryan, the billionaire has a very long memory (when it comes to who insults him, at least) and so far has declined to offer his endorsement of Ryan over his more Trump-friendly opponent Paul Nehlen.
Trump even praised Ryan’s underdog opponent for running “a very good campaign.” But he said of Ryan (with a broad smile on the inside):
I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. 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.
One of the many reasons Trump may take a shine to Nehlen over the embattled House Speaker might be because of the candidate’s very “aggressive” Islamaphobic rhetoric.
This week Nehlen indicated during a radio interview that he would absolutely support a loyalty test for all Muslims living in America. However, Nehlen believes that Muslims can’t be trusted.
Islam is the only major religion that encourages lying,” he argued. “The taqiyya says you have to lie to the infidel, you lie to them if you have to… I mean if they lie, how do you vet something like that?”
“So then how do you implement the test that you want to implement?” asked host Dan Proft.
“The question is, why do we have Muslims in the country?” Nehlen responded. “How can you possibly vet somebody who lies?
Nehlen then took it a step further by suggesting it’s time to have “a discussion” about expelling all people of the Islamic faith from the U.S.
So are you suggesting that we deport all of the Muslims in the country?” Proft asked.
“I’m suggesting we have a discussion about it, that’s for sure,” he responded.
The host challenged Nehlen, stating that you can’t deport American citizens because of the way they think, noting that according to the U.S. Constitution, even American Muslims who believe in Sharia Law have done nothing wrong. However, Nehlen was unphased by the constitutional and moral argument.
Well if somebody supports sharia, that is doing something wrong,” Nehlan said.
Nehlen also took the opportunity to jump all over Trump’s non-endorsement of his opponent, saying:
Americans from across the nation are sending the clear message to Speaker Ryan that his job-killing deals with Asia, wage-busting open-border policy, and constant alignment with Hilary Clinton against the Republican Party in the presidential election are no longer acceptable.
However, the Ryan campaign stated that it’s unfazed by Trump’s refusal to endorse the House Speaker, Ryan’s spokesman Zack Roday said:
Neither Speaker Ryan nor anyone on his team has ever asked for Donald Trump’s endorsement. And we are confident in a victory next week regardless.
The Wisconsin congressional primary will be held on August 9th. Should Ryan lose, he will lose not only his Speakership but also his job as a U.S. congressman. Ryan’s defeat would send a thunderous message to other GOP establishment figures who’ve been reluctant to embrace the Tao of Trump entirely.
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