By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) GOP leadership: It’s getting harder and harder to defend Republican leaders, and that is especially true of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The man is all talk, all excuses, all the time — and yet he’s delivered nothing of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda which, by the way, just happens to be the same one he and the rest of the Republican Congress ran on.
On Monday Ryan told a local Wisconsin radio host that hey, it’s not his job or the job of congressional Republicans to take up Trump’s causes or defend him against the myriad of bogus “Russian collusion” investigations — even though a number of those investigations are occurring within Republican-controlled congressional committees.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Monday that it isn’t congressional Republicans’ role to defend President Trump from the investigations into Russian election interference and pushed back against the notion that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased against the president.
The comments from Ryan came a day after Trump tweeted that “it’s very sad that Republicans…do very little to protect their president.” Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway also attacked Mueller Sunday and described his legal team as “band of Democratic donors.” Mueller has brought seven attorneys onto his legal team that have donated a combined $60,787 to federal Democratic donors, a practice Trump has dubbed “ridiculous.”
Ryan was asked on local Wisconsin radio Monday morning about why Republicans aren’t doing more to protect President Trump from Mueller’s investigation and those being conducted by Congressional committees. The radio host Jay Weber mentioned the Democratic donors hired, and in his response Ryan said, “Bob Mueller is a Republican who was appointed by a Republican.”
The House Speaker added, “I don’t think many people are saying that Mueller is a biased partisan…he really is anything but.” While the president has called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt,” Ryan said a special counsel “depoliticizes this stuff,” and “gets it out of the political theater.”
As for defending Trump from the investigations, he said Congressional Republicans are “not spending all of our time on this.” Ryan went on to say “that wasn’t what we were elected to do,” and that they instead will focus on health care reform and improving the economy.
Wow — so much here to dissect.
First of all, legislative efforts aside, Bob Mueller is also a friend of fired FBI Director James Comey, he of anti-Trump fame, remember? And are we supposed to believe that a guy hiring all Democrats all the time is trying to be fair to this president? Are you kidding?
You don’t think many people are saying Mueller is biased? Get out of D.C. much? Hell, we’re saying it all the time.
I don’t know how much more plainly I can say this but here goes: There never should have been a special counsel to begin with. Granted, Speaker Ryan, you don’t control what the Justice Department does, but as speaker, are you saying you wield no behind-the-scenes power?
And what about the congressional investigations into this Russia “collusion” BS? Are you saying that, as speaker, you have no authority to decide what does — and does not — get investigated?
Here’s the most ridiculous thing of all — your assertion that Republicans aren’t in Washington to defend their president. Really? The Democrats don’t see their role that way, Mr. Speaker; they spent eight long years defending their president from some of the most scandalous behavior in a century. But Republicans aren’t supposed to do that for Trump?
Would you be defending, say, a President John Kasich or a President Jeb Bush? I’m betting you would. Then again, I’m also betting that this entire fake narrative about “Russia” or little green men from Pluto or whatever nonsense is or will swirl around Trump between now and the day he leaves Washington wouldn’t be happening at all if there were a Republican in the White House not named after a billionaire real estate developer.
Speaker Ryan, every day that goes by your behavior seems to reinforce the belief among the GOP electorate in and out of your safe, little district that you don’t have this president’s best interests at heart. You talk a good Washington game, but in the end, you make excuses for doing as little as you possibly can to protect, defend and promote the agenda of a president who kicked electoral ass in November when everyone — you included — didn’t think he had a snowball’s chance in hell to win.
So here it is, Mr. Speaker: Get on board with this president’s agenda — because it’s what a majority of voters in a majority of states want — or get the hell out of D.C. if your conscience won’t let you support him. We have a republic to save, and frankly, you’re getting in the way of that.