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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Think Progress, July 13, 2016: Paul Ryan Was Asked How He Could Support ‘Openly Racist’ Trump. His Answer Was Disturbing.

    During a CNN town hall last night, a student named Zachary Marcone asked House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) how he can morally justify his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump, and it concerns me when the Republican leadership is supporting somebody who is openly racist and has said Islamophobic statements, wants to shut down our borders,” Marcone said. “Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate, somebody who could be very destructive for our nation.”

    Ryan’s response? Hillary Clinton is worse, and like it or not, voters face a “binary choice” when casting their ballot for president.

    Not supporting Trump “basically means you’re going to help elect Hillary Clinton, and I don’t think Hillary Clinton is going to support any of the things that you stand for if you’re a Republican.”

    This should come as no surprise. House Republicans have voted some 60 plus times to defund ObamaCare. Donald Trump has said he will get rid of ObamaCare. ObamaCare is poison to the Republicans and repealing it trumps any racist things that Trump plans to do with undocumented workers or Muslims. There are other issues...Supreme Court justices, for example, on which Republicans and Trump are fully aligned.

    Besides, many Republicans actually privately connect with what Trump is saying about minorities. The party needs their votes. Party first. And the party is never going to get many minority votes anyway so why worry about them? They do not vote Republican.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I literally had this same conversation with my Republican father. I asked him how he could support a fascist racist who would be able to start a nuclear war with the touch of a finger and he responded with "well, I have to because I can never vote for Hillary."

    His response shocked me because my dad is a pretty thoughtful and realistic conservative, but his distaste for Secretary Clinton runs so deep that he is willing to put the future of our country at risk in order to make sure she is not elected President.

    Thankfully he lives in deeply blue Illinois, but I surely hope many common sense Republicans in the swing states understand what they are voting for if they decide to vote for Trump. If they honestly think that Trump has their best interests at heart then they will be very upset come January 2017.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    I literally had this same conversation with my Republican father. I asked him how he could support a fascist racist who would be able to start a nuclear war with the touch of a finger and he responded with "well, I have to because I can never vote for Hillary."

    His response shocked me because my dad is a pretty thoughtful and realistic conservative, but his distaste for Secretary Clinton runs so deep that he is willing to put the future of our country at risk in order to make sure she is not elected President.

    Thankfully he lives in deeply blue Illinois, but I surely hope many common sense Republicans in the swing states understand what they are voting for if they decide to vote for Trump. If they honestly think that Trump has their best interests at heart then they will be very upset come January 2017.

    then your father is foolish. sorry to have to say that. did he give any reason for his "never vote for hillary"?

    as for realistic conservatives then your father must be a rapidly vanishing breed. because there are so few as to be non-existent. republicans have poisoned the political process in this country starting with leo strausse and russell kirk in the '40's and '50's through buckley, goldwater and nixon (southern strategy) right up to the moment when the idiot reagan was elected. by proclaiming government the problem with solutions being one dollar, one vote and simplistic bullshit like charities should take care of poor people and the attendant agitprop all of the previously mentioned buffoons spouted they have successfully divided the country and have made careers out of sweeping up the spoils. now they are bitching because donald trump has exposed the party by stating publicly what the republican party has become. it is divorced from any morality despite its being the home of the pharisaical right. it cares not for anyone other than those who are wealthy while at the same time stating those who support them and are not wealthy can become wealthy only if they let the wealthy become even wealthier.

    critical thought is so absent in this country as to be astounding.

    and btw? trump will win. i said it a long time ago. god help the world.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Think Progress, July 13, 2016: Paul Ryan Was Asked How He Could Support ‘Openly Racist’ Trump. His Answer Was Disturbing.

    During a CNN town hall last night, a student named Zachary Marcone asked House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) how he can morally justify his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump, and it concerns me when the Republican leadership is supporting somebody who is openly racist and has said Islamophobic statements, wants to shut down our borders,” Marcone said. “Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate, somebody who could be very destructive for our nation.”

    Ryan’s response? Hillary Clinton is worse, and like it or not, voters face a “binary choice” when casting their ballot for president.

    Not supporting Trump “basically means you’re going to help elect Hillary Clinton, and I don’t think Hillary Clinton is going to support any of the things that you stand for if you’re a Republican.”

    This should come as no surprise. House Republicans have voted some 60 plus times to defund ObamaCare. Donald Trump has said he will get rid of ObamaCare. ObamaCare is poison to the Republicans and repealing it trumps any racist things that Trump plans to do with undocumented workers or Muslims. There are other issues...Supreme Court justices, for example, on which Republicans and Trump are fully aligned.

    Besides, many Republicans actually privately connect with what Trump is saying about minorities. The party needs their votes. Party first. And the party is never going to get many minority votes anyway so why worry about them? They do not vote Republican.

    Schmidt : This Ryan is an huge hypocrite and just tries to cover his ass for the "party" and he will go down with the ship; that is his gamble. As I said many times, this is an typical part of the American culture.