Looks like Donald Trump may not be getting an endorsement from Paul Ryan after all! The Speaker of the House took a huge stand against the GOP front-runner on March 1 when he gave him the public shamming of a lifetime after failing to denounce the KKK and white supremacists leaders! Seriously, Trump?
Paul Ryan has officially had enough of Donald Trump. Though he’s been largely evasive when it comes to this year’s intense Republican presidential race, even he couldn’t resist jumping into the crossfire on March 1 after learning that Trump had blatantly refused to denounce former KKK leader David Duke and other white supremacists groups in a string of interviews a few days prior. Speaking ahead of the Super Tuesday polls, the Speaker of the House made his feelings about the GOP front-runner known when he publicly condemned Trump’s behavior and called for an end of his”seeming ambivalence” towards racism and those who support it.
“Today I want to be very clear about something, if a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games: They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry,” a visibly annoyed Paul said after referring to Trump’s refusal to denounce David Duke, who endorsed Trump for president just days earlier. “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices—we appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and of our country. This is fundamental. And if someone wants to be our nominee, they must understand this. I hope this is the last time I need to speak out on this.” And…mic dropped.
The criticism comes just days after Trump refused to formally disavow David and other white supremacists groups in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Feb. 28. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” said Trump. Jake then responded by clarifying his statements saying, “I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here,” Trump’s sole response: “I just don’t know anything about him.”
The presidential hopeful later blamed his response on a faulty earpiece and said he had barely heard the question about the endorsement. And yet, it was later pointed out by the New York Times however, that Trump did in fact know who David was as he had previously spoken out about him, recognizing him as a Klansman back in 2000. Seems like someone just can’t get his story together here.
Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time that Paul has publicly called out Trump for his increasingly controversial statements. Back in December, the Speaker made headlines when he slammed the businessman for his “proposal” to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental constitutional principle; it is a founding principle of this country,” he said in an interview. “Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold the Constitution.”
Of course, Ryan isn’t the only person to come out against Trump in the last few days. Miley Cyrus took to Instagram just days after the KKK scandal broke writing “Donald Trump is a f***ing nightmare!” along with a simple photo of him signing papers. John Oliver also went off on the The Apprentice star during his show, Last Week Tonight, on Feb. 28, with an epic 22-minute rant, during which he completely tire Trump apart for lying, cheating, and racist ways. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the clip yet head HERE for the full recap. It’s everything.
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