Speaker Ryan, It’s Time

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How long can Paul Ryan hold on before the Trump stain becomes indelible?

This hasn’t been the best weekend for House Speaker Paul Ryan.  When the Washington Post released video Friday of Trump making lewd comments about women and essentially bragging about his ability to commit consequence-free sexual assault, there was a sound that reverberated throughout Washington.

It was the sound of the camel’s back breaking, shattering even.

Republicans began to hop from the Trump train with reckless abandon, not bothering to wait until the next stopit’s tuck n’ roll time.  As of this morning, 30 republican senators, members of congress, governors, and former high-ranking officials have either explicitly stated they will not vote for Trump, or have called for Trump to drop out of the race entirely. The GOP is now split into three factions: those who have stated they will not vote for Trump, those who have called for him to drop out of the race, and those who claim they are disgusted by his comments but have yet to rescind their support.

Here’s the current breakdown:

Does not support

Sen. John McCain (AZ)

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH)

Gov. Robert Bentley (AL)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT)

Rep. Crescent Hardy (NV)

Gov. Gary Herbert (UT)

Rep. Frank Lobiando (NJ)

Rep. Erik Paulson (MN)

Sen. Rob Portman (OH)

Gov. Brian Sandoval (NV)

Called for dropout*

Rep. Bradley Bryne (CO)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA)

Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)

Rep. Rodney David (IL)

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (SD)

Sen. Deb Fisher (NE)

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)

Rep. Cory Gardner (CO)

Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ)

Rep. Joe Heck (NV)

Sen. Mark Kirk (IL)

Sen. Mike Lee (UT)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Rep. Martha Roby (AL)

Rep. Chris Stewart (UT)

Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK)

Sen. John Thune (SD)

Rep. Ann Wagner (MO)

Fmr. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

*It’s worth noting that 11 of the 20 republicans calling for a dropout have suggested Pence lead the ticket henceforth.

Disgusted but loyal

Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)

Ben Carson

Sen. John Cornyn (TX)

Sen. Bob Corker (TN)

Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)

Sen. Joni Ernst (IA)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT)

House Maj. Leader Kevin McCarthy

Sen. Pat McCrory (NC)

Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell

Sen. Rand Paul (KY)

Gov. Mike Pence (IN)

RNC Chair Reince Priebus

Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)

Rep. Steve Scalise (LA)

And…

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

There is no member of the GOP with a higher profile than Ryan’s.  He has a responsibility to remain loyal to his party, but at what expense? At what point does loyalty and a Krazy Glue-like adherence to common practice become detrimental to the ideological core of the party?  Ryan is really testing the limits here; it seems as though he is content to go down with the Trump ship.  Of course, things are not easy or simple for the speaker as he has a number of down-ballot races to be concerned about, and a further fracturing of the party could echo through the ranks.  Even so, there comes a time when a decision must be made and a line must be drawn.  Words mean nothing when they are accompanied by actions that display the opposite.

Speaker Ryan, if you are truly “sickened” by the comments of your party’s nominee here’s something you probably shouldn’t do: SUPPORT THAT MAN TO BE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!

Cut the bullsh*t; it’s time to be a human being.

Since endorsing Trump, every statement you have made denouncing him is more hollow than the last.  There is a point in which loyalty becomes pathetic and tired, and you’ve already ran an ultramarathon past that point.  Good politicians have the uncanny ability to spin away from a political Hindenburg and immediately act like they were never on board, but eventually, a stain becomes a scar. 

If Paul Ryan never rescinds his endorsement there are only two conclusions one can make:

  1. Paul Ryan agreed with Trump all along, and only made statements denouncing him to appease disillusioned, anti-Trump republicans.
  2. Paul Ryan has no backbone, scruples or morals.

Speaker Ryan is teetering; his career is hanging in the balance, being perpetually ripped apart by elephants. 

Such has been his life over the last six months—his plight.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Heed the words of Dr.King Paul Ryan.  Heed them before your career is an utter calamity.

Or, don’t.

 

Jesse Mechanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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