Paul Ryan Proves Why Acting Weak Helps Donald Trump
Over and over we have witnessed during this campaign season how Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been allowed to increase his standing in the polls. Using bluster and bombast he has attacked anyone who dares question his positions or demand of him deeper answers concerning the issues of the day.
There are many Americans of all political stripes who are truly worried about the possibility of Trump gaining the nomination. But it also appears to me that a growing segment of the nation is wondering just when the leaders within the GOP will stand up and not wilt from fear while taking on the New York businessman.
After all, who has the most to lose than the Republican Party itself from the reckless candidacy of Trump? Why are there not more brave men and women who stand up and make their voices heard about the direction Trump is taking the GOP?
I mention this as a reaction to the tepid comments from House Speaker Paul Ryan when questioned about Trump. What Ryan said is so frustrating on the one hand, but also a clear insight into why Trump is ahead in the polls. With weakness in the party such as Ryan displayed why should Trump worry about his political future?
By now we have all heard or read that Trump stated Ryan is the reason why Mitt Romney didn’t win the 2012 presidential election. There is just no way to rationalize how Trump could come to such an illogical conclusion. Now I understand there are a whole raft of statements from Trump that bewilder any sensible person. But in this instance Trump was attacking a vice-presidential candidate and the current house speaker.
So one might assume the response from Ryan might be filled with spine and political push-back. But no, it was not.
“I found it entertaining. I think he says things like this all the time.”
Ryan thought the besmirching of his name and reputation was entertaining?
Trump said Ryan represented cutting entitlements, which hurt the GOP 2012 election prospects. In the interview Ryan refuted that claim but added “I’m not going to get into a tit-for-tat with Donald Trump”.
Therein lies one of the biggest problems facing Republicans.
Trump’s nasty personality combined with this nation’s attraction for entertainers has allowed for a long series of twisted reasoning and outright lies to become accepted facts by too many people. Over and over Trump has simply made up things and spewed them about on the campaign trail. (All those applauding in New Jersey after the Twin Towers fell is just one pathetic example.) Therefore it is not enough for someone like the house speaker to say there is no need for a back-and-forth about the facts.
The fact is there needs to be a relentless assault from Republicans who hold power and understand government in response to the antics from Trump. Some will say that only plays into Trump’s hand. But I would counter in saying it only works for Trump if those who attack him buckle from his blow-back and stop. The key is to put the pressure on Trump and not stop.
We all know by now too many in the GOP have a fear of the blow-back that will result from Trump should he be stood up to. But most of us also recall how we all appreciated that kid in our childhood who made a stand on the playground and let the bully know his antics were no longer acceptable.
It is not just the GOP who is searching for a leader to tangle with and then tackle Trump. Rather it is the whole country who is most unsettled by the very idea that Trump might be the standard-bearer for a major party this November.
What is even more galling is the partisanship from some within the GOP that trumps (no pun intended?) a real regard for the country. When Ryan was asked if he could support Trump should he be the nominee the answer was simply wrong.
“I’m going to support whoever our nominee is.”
That response is an unacceptable cop-out coming from one of our nation’s top leaders.
Ryan knows full well the type of responsibility that comes with possibly sitting in the Oval Office. He knows who is made of presidential timber, and who is not. By not speaking frankly to the question Ryan looks almost like the person Trump is trying to paint him as being.
And that is mighty sad to see play out.