Why Did Ryan Call Trump a Racist

Republican condemnation of Donald Trump’s comments against Gonzalez Cureiel, a judge of Mexican heritage presiding over a lawsuit involving Trump University, suggests that the GOP establishment might abandon support for their presumptive Republican nominee.

“He is a member of a club or society very strongly pro Mexican, which is all fine,” said Trump on “Face the Nation”. “But I say he’s got bias. I want to build a wall.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed Trump’s comments. “Claiming a person cannot do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

GOP consultant Mark Murphy suggested that GOP leadership is ready to concede the presidency to Clinton.

“We’ve got a bum nominee. We might have to outlast one term of Hillary Clinton; that’s the ugly reality,” said Murphy.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk has since publicly unendorsed Trump.

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gommorah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, says the House Speaker’s condemnation of Trump, as well as rebukes by other senior Republicans, is in part a PR attempt to maintain GOP majority rule over Congress.

“They’re trying to keep their hands clean of his racism and his nativism, which is a sensibility that they have helped to cultivate within the mainstream of the party,” Blumenthal.


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