Ryan: Trump ‘Messed Up’ Reaction To Violence In Charlottesville

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that he was disappointed with President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacists in the wake of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but Ryan said he would not endorse an effort to formally censure Trump for his response.

“I do believe he messed up in his comments on Tuesday,” Ryan said during a town hall on CNN. “I do think he could have done better.”

Ryan said he found Trump’s comments “not only morally ambiguous but it was equivocating” and criticized the president for comparing the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who organized the “Unite the Right” rally with the counterprotesters who rallied to oppose them. Ryan said he did not support Trump’s comment that “very fine people” were among those who participated in the rally but he said it would be a mistake to reduce the discussion over white supremacy to a partisan attack on Trump.

Rabbi Dena Feingold, the sister of former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., asked Ryan if he would support Democrats in their calls for a vote to formally censure Trump over the comments.

“I will not support that, I think that will be so counterproductive,” Ryan said at the event in his home state of Wisconsin. “It is very, very important that we don’t make this a partisan food fight.”

Feingold said her congregation is fearful in the wake of the violence and asked Ryan how he would hold Trump accountable. Ryan dismissed the idea of censure, saying Trump had taken steps to clarify his position. Ryan said a vote to condemn Trump would only further divide the country and turn the conversation into a partisan fight.
“I’m pleased with the things he said tonight to add clarity to the confusion I think he gave us on Tuesday night,” Ryan said. “It should not be about the president. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. This shouldn’t be about some vote in Congress or some partisan issue.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Why mention the opinion of a radical feminist anti orthodox ignoramous such as Feingold?

    Ryan is more Leftist than Republican and is ignoring the anti Semitic antifa reshoim and playing to the Liberal crowd and his empty words mean nothing.

    Trump was right to equate the 2 sides for violence and he directly condemned Nazis and and anti Semites

  2. Ryan, the President did not mess up anything in Charlottesville. Even CNN admitted that the Antifa thugs are violent. So President Trump was right after all.

    If anyone is messed up, it’s you Mr. Ryan. Wikileaks has revealed that you are one of the 6 Republican traitors who are out to undermine the President every step of his way which is exactly what we all see you’ve been doing since Trump became President. Now, can you please get out of his office for the good of the nation?

  3. It is easy to give Mr. Ryan term limits, stop voting for him, therefore he will have a term limit. If he is so low on the scale why do the people that vote for him believe his lies anymore, stop voting for the man and he can retire with a great pension, great medical benefits, not like the peons that vote for him.

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