Well, here we go again. These obstructionist antics on the part of Congressional Republicans seem to reanimate themselves at the most startling times.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan took to Twitter, blasting the legitimacy of the Democratic presidential nominee’s candidacy, minutes after Friday’s startling announcement that the FBI was supposedly re-opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s usage of a private email server.
In the official statement that Ryan released and posted to his Twitter account, he vomited back up his “call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved,” speaking, of course, of the “matter” of the controversy surrounding whether or not Hillary Clinton should be held legally liable for her usage of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State.
Check out Ryan’s full statement below.
BREAKING NEWS → The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.
My full statement ⇩ pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016
Ryan’s words, although he casts his public image as that of a saner part of the GOP than Donald Trump, are at least as dangerous as Trump’s.
Paul Ryan is literally trying to argue against the very legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, suggesting that she be denied status as a serious presidential candidate via denying her national security briefings which allow her to be prepared to take office – all while making no similar denunciation of the injuriously unqualified Trump.
So how much can all of this rhetoric, including the supposed, hyped up “re-opening” of the FBI investigation, actually hurt Clinton in her bid for the White House?
It depends. The likelihood is slim, albeit real, that millions of Americans suddenly decide to ignore that Clinton’s opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, bragged about sexual assault and has been accused by almost a dozen women of carrying out his words.
What is more likely is that Clinton wins, but the email controversy casts a dark shadow over her presidency. The potency of this potential shadow hinges upon whether or not Republicans- and Paul Ryan- retain majority party control of both Houses of Congress.
If Republicans lead the House, then, under extreme but possible circumstances, serious investigations could proceed against a President Hillary Clinton that could lead to the legitimacy of Clinton’s presidency being undercut- meaning she gets impeached.
Thus, although Republican led committees in a Democrat led Congress could still be a serious thorn in the side of a Clinton presidency, they would be vastly shrunk with regards to potency if they didn’t have Congressional leaders backing them up.
Thus, in short, to minimize the impact of Ryan’s bellicose rhetoric, get him and people like him the hell out of Washington, D.C., at every opportunity.
It’s that simple, really.
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