Paul Ryan falls for Donald Trump’s con job

Christian Schneider
In My Opinion
6:41 a.m.

Evidently Speaker of the House Paul Ryan drank too much Trump Vodka on Thursday, as The Donald absconded with Ryan’s reputation as one of the few remaining conservatives of principle. Ryan ended his holdout and finally endorsed Donald Trump for president, citing the need for party “unity” going into the fall election.

Perhaps this endorsement was inevitable but it was jarring to see the sellout executed for free. Trump today is just as unfit to hold public office as he was when Ryan announced his pyrite protest. Perhaps Trump is the master negotiator he claims to be — he actually made Ryan tear down the wall between them, and Republicans are ultimately going to pay for it.

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And there will be a long-term price to pay. Any time Ryan stands before reporters detailing his positive agenda steeped in conservative principles, the podium should feature a giant asterisk — that is, House Republicans believe in the pillars of conservatism right up until the point when a puzzlingly hirsute man-baby decides to mock women, minorities and the handicapped. When Ryan espouses political civility, ask him about his endorsement of America’s most prominent Obama birther. We now know that no person exists who is so disgusting that he is below Republican appeasement.

In fact, it is this complete lack of political conviction that is driving people away from conventional politicians and toward a bottom-feeding vulgarian such as Donald Trump. We all know the stereotype of the typical politician who believes in issues only as deeply as it allows him or her to further their career; Trump, on the other hand, seems authentic — he has convictions, even if they are about items of national security such as whether certain women truly can ever be “10s.”
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Christian Schneider is a Journal Sentinel columnist and blogger. Twitter: @Schneider_CM

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