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Paul Ryan on Donald Trump: Do as I say but not as I do.

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Paul Ryan, God bless his soul, has a very tough job. As a prominent, visible leader in the Republican party, he faces enormous pressure to play nice with Donald Trump, a racist, sexist, opportunist that has persistently shown himself to be completely unfit for holding the nation’s highest office. Why does Speaker Ryan continue to extend the olive branch? Well, his party democratically nominated him, and while endorsing the presumptive Republican nominee isn’t a written clause in his job description, it’s defacto part of his responsibilities. Of course, Trump’s perpetual refusal to make even the most minimal strides towards decency, juxtaposed with Ryan maintaining his stance as a Principled Conservative® have led to some funky statements. From the Huffington Post, observe:

On the topic of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban and his statements that he could enact such a policy without Congress, Ryan noted that Republicans were releasing part of their agenda on executive overreach that very day, and, in news that’s sureto please Trump, Ryan suggested that he and the House of Representatives were prepared to sue a Republican president if need be.

“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said.

It’s unclear, however, if Ryan thinks Trump enacting a ban on Muslims entering the country would actually exceed presidential powers. “That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about,” Ryan said, pointing to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.

Translation: I will sue Donald Trump, but I hope I don’t have to because I have to vote for him!

It doesn’t get any better. Ryan, in a recent Meet the Press interview, continued his endorsement, but sorta kinda asked Republicans to follow their hearts (away from Trump):

TODD: Do you think it is that members in the House Republican conference follow your conscience? If you don’t want to support him, don’t. do it —

RYAN: Oh, absolutely. The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience. Of course I wouldn’t do that. Look, believe me, Chuck, I get that this a very strange situation. [Trump is] a very unique nominee. But I feel a responsibility institutionally as the speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party. Because you know what I know that’ll do? That’ll definitely knock us out of the White House.

Translation: I’m a Republican, you’re a Republican. Vote Republican…

….

…but maybe not Trump. 

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