There is no greater indicator that Paul Ryan is already detaching himself from the disaster that is the GOP under President Trump than his unwillingness to continue toeing the party line and supporting the ridiculous lies the GOP is willing to push to protect their leader.
The latest coordinated stream of lies from Trump, the White House, and the GOP is aimed at former FBI Director James Comey. In attacks that barely make sense, Comey is being targeted ahead of the release of his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, as well as the interviews Comey will sit for ahead of his book tour.
Current outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sat for his own Sunday interview with NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and was asked for his opinion of James Comey. While Ryan said that he hadn’t had a significant number of personal interactions with the former FBI director, he did say that Comey is a “man of integrity,” or at least as far as he knows.
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While Ryan was quick to cover his statement by saying he’s had limited interactions with Comey, he certainly has to be familiar with Comey’s work during Ryan’s time as a Congressman and Speaker. Saying that Comey is “a man of integrity” flies directly in the face of his own party’s efforts to paint the man as a criminal who should be arrested and convicted of crimes for speaking out against Trump and refusing to clear the president of allegations of obstruction of justice. The GOP, after all, created an entire website named “Lyin’ Comey.”
Ryan announced that he would be stepping down as Speaker in January of 2019 as he does not intend to run to defend his Congressional seat in 2018. The man who was once a rising star in the GOP, even rising so far as to hold the vice presidential nomination under Mitt Romney just six years ago, is packing it in. While he cited the need to spend more time with his family as the reason for his decision, it is not common for a well-known 48-year-old Congressman who has risen as high as Ryan has at such a young age to retire.
Asked by Todd how he felt after announcing his resignation, Ryan said he felt “great.” Apparently, what he also feels is no more need to adhere to the GOP’s defense of Trump and excoriation of everyone who dares point out his many flaws as president.
See Ryan’s full segment on NBC’s Meet the Press below:
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