Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ryan holds a tardy, messy town hall

I'd said on this blog more than once recently - - and just yesterday - - that GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan was enabling Trump by failing to forcefully and personally condemn the President for his divisive, pro-white nationalism remarks and actions.
Paul Ryan's official Speaker photo. In the background is the American Flag.
For the record, Ryan did directly criticize Trump at a town hall meeting televised by CNN Monday night, but we're not talking a Profiles In Courage performance.

Seriously: the President "messed up"?

This is how the person next in the Presidential line of succession after the Vice-President analyzes a pivotal moment in the life of a controversial administration.

On national television?

And, no - - Trump did more than stumble or goof. He was revealing his bigoted true self and racist past that includes refusing to rent apartments to African-Americans, race-baiting Black teenagers wrongly accused in a high-profile New York City rape case and further race-baiting President Obama's American citizenship and presidential legitimacy.

Either Ryan was talking down to his audience or doing everything he could make sure Trump took no offense.

After all, Ryan's permanently-shrink-the government tax reform bill needs Trump's blessing.

Ryan further watered down his remarks by saying he thought Trump should Tweet "a little less," let a full week go by after Trump's ugly news conference two days after the rightists' fatal riot in Charlottesville, and had the benefit of fresh polling data that showed Ryan was taking no risk in directly criticizing Trump or his tweeting.


Anonymous said...

Growing up, I was taught that America's enemies were:


All espoused ideologies incompatible with ours; all were responsible for violence against America. Does it bother anyone else that these are Trump's pals? What's next; Arab terrorists? He is awfully friendly with Saudi Arabia, after all.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Ryan's carefully controlled Q and A should be called a town hall. Maybe a Question/answer session with pre-approved attendees and screened questions is a better description of what that was.