On the same day the world learned the fate of party-goers at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub — where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured — Donald Trump doubled down on his plans to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
Two days later, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., repudiated Trump’s plans saying, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest.”
Paul Ryan says he will “agree to disagree” on Trump’s muslim ban.
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) June 16, 2016
Ryan has been at odds with Trump throughout the billionaire’s campaign to win the presidency. The problem Ryan seems to have more to do with Trump’s word choice than it does on policy, but many still wonder whether or not Ryan will rescind his support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
According to Politico’s coverage of Ryan’s latest press conference, when asked if he would withdraw his support for Trump, Ryan said, “That’s not my plan.”
The Speaker said, “I do believe the last thing we want is a Democrat in the White House, like Hillary Clinton.”
Mike Zapler wrote, “Ryan was asked how many more times he can repudiate Trump while continuing to back him for president,” and reported Ryan answered by saying, “I don’t know the answer to that, either.”
Ryan attempted to focus on the issues by describing the delicate balancing act he’s currently engaged with trying to prevent terrorists from obtaining firearms at the same time preventing citizen’s rights from being taken away.
“We don’t want to take away citizens’ rights without due process. We want to get this right so we don’t undermine terrorist investigations,” Ryan said.
But then the focus shifted back to Trump.
Ryan was asked to comment on Trump’s call for The Washington Post’s credentials to be pulled in light of what Trump perceived was unfair treatment by the newspaper. Ryan, again forced to answer for what some might consider Trump’s outlandish comments, simply said he doesn’t think he’s ever heard of a campaign doing that before.
And responding to Trump’s call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Ryan to get “tougher, sharper or be quiet” when it comes to terrorism, Ryan just responded, “You can’t make this up sometimes.”