Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) bizarrely claimed during a new interview that President Donald Trump both does and doesn’t act in a unifying manner.
“Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t,” said Ryan on CBS’s show “Face the Nation” when he asked if the president engaged in unifying politics.
“But I mean, come on,” said CBS interviewer John Dickerson, exasperated at Ryan’s lack of candor. “Honestly.”
“Look on economic growth, on tax reform, on getting the military and helping veterans, those are things that he has led us to that have really brought people together,” Ryan misleadingly said, merely citing several means by which Trump has divided people.
“He talks about those things at his rally and that is inclusive,” Ryan concluded. Paul Ryan’s skillful lies and misrepresentations will surely make him big bucks once he leaves the House and becomes a lobbyist or something similar.
John Dickerson on @facethenation: You’ve talked about inclusive politics which tries to unify. Does President Trump practice those kind of politics?
House Speaker Paul Ryan: Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t.
Dickerson: But I mean, come on. Honestly. pic.twitter.com/qafC8kxGkb
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 28, 2018
Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric has long been denounced by both the left and the right.
Trump’s political opponents in particular lambasted him last week over his inappropriate comments after mail bombs got sent to several high-profile Democrats.
“Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions,” said the Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi the House Democratic Leader, in a joint statement after the president’s comments about the attempted bombings.
Those Democratic leaders said that the president’s words following the attempted bombings “ring hollow.”
Donald Trump condemned the bombings, urging unity and a general change in order to make discourse more polite.
“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said, prior to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s statement.