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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.