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What ‘shared principles’ can Paul Ryan find with Donald Trump?

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While Paul Ryan stopped short of an outright endorsement of Donald Trump, the Speaker of the House released a joint statement with the presumptive Republican nominee establishing their desire to work together. Ryan and Trump affirmed their “few differences” but promised to rally around “shared principles.”

Since we were unaware of Donald Trump’s principles, we took a stab at identifying what those sacred values might be. Here are three possibilities:

Blinding whiteness

It’s low-hanging fruit, but these men are very white! Granted, all our candidates are lighter shades of pale. Bernie can give failed daps to Killer Mike sitting in a black barbershop all he wants. Still white! Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton may produce poorly-planned memes about her similitudes con su abuela: she’s still mucha blanquita!

Not only is the Trump-Ryan alliance very white, but if Trump’s campaign strategy is any indication, they are quite proud of their caucasity. Just an educated hunch: Trump retweeting all those white supremacists sort of formed the #brand Ryan’s staked the future of his party upon. Considering Trump’s weak support from Latinos, plus the massive spike in voter registration among the Hispanics he’s trying to deport, it shouldn’t be too hard to predict their constituency.

Shortsightedness

Some say it’s better to lose the battle and win the war. Trump — a candidate smart people figured was just trolling the country a year ago — is doing a great job setting up a near-certain loss to Hillary Clinton in the general election, prompting speculation about the end of the Republican party as we know it. According to David S. Bernstein of Politico, there literally aren’t enough white men in the United States voting to responsibly project a Trump win (and those white guys are aging fast). While “party suicide” may be a debatable tactic, it’s certainly a vital component of their common bond.

Not having principles

Who knows what Donald Trump sincerely believes in? (I’m sure he believes in like, Celebrity Apprentice, but that doesn’t count.) There are tidier compilations of his many contradictions, but to name a few:

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And here, perhaps, is where we see the most obvious principle for Ryan and Trump to “unify around”: hold your principles loosely.

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