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1740, 02 Jun 16

Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump

This was bound to happen.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump on Thursday, ending an extraordinary public split between the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee and the nation’s highest-ranking Republican office holder.

Ryan outlined his support for the New York billionaire in a column published in his hometown newspaper, declaring his goal to “unite the party so we can win in the fall.”

The Trump (almost) nomination has put conservatives in a tough spot. I don’t fault conservatives who are getting on board with Trump, however tepidly, now that he’s the nominee. One can make a rational argument that Trump is less horrible than Clinton. It’s not an argument with which I agree, but I can certainly see how someone would come to that conclusion.

I have very little understanding of how anyone who thinks they are a conservative could have backed Trump in the primary when there were so many other options.

In any case, almost all of the Republican establishment has now gotten behind Trump. It is a significant development for Trump’s campaign. He is now the establishment Republican candidate. Chew on that.


1740, 02 June 2016


  1. John Foust


  2. old baldy

    And trump got the Daily Double this week with the endorsement of North Korea (it was on several international news reports).

    Hillary won’t break a sweat winning in November.

  3. Pat

    Paul Ryan has officially jumped the shark.

  4. Trump for America

    Donald John Trump will mop the floor with that dyke.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    Donald Trump may be void of all things intellectual policy wise, but he is sure wasting the liberal media and shutting down the Clinton’s made up war on women, exposing Hillary’s cover up of her husband’s sex abuse and rape over decades.

    Given Trump’s masterful ability to use liberal tactics to destroy liberals, I am really starting to warm to idea he could win.

    I don’t think I will vote for him, but he sure is turning back liberal forces in this nation like never before.

    Trump may be the Republicans Saul Alinsky.

    If the blunt instrument activism of Trump can be refined intellectually by Paul Ryan, that might be a good thing.

  6. old baldy


    You must have missed HC’s evisceration of trump on foreign policy.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    Hillary is all buzzes and clicks to me because she enables, protects, and apologizes for men who rape and assault women.

    That alone erases any other possible coherent thought she may have.

  8. dad29

    Yah, well, we all know HRC’s foreign policy: “Send money to the ‘foundation,’ and I’ll take care of your interests.” –Signed, Hildebeeste

  9. old baldy


    Too bad you don’t have a better long range viewscape. The short-term thinks are what got us into the mess during chene/bush.

  10. old baldy


    Yah, well, ya know that ain’t really true.

  11. dad29

    I guess you’re right, baldy. Several dozen “co-incidences,” that’s all.

    Especially the “co-incidence” about criminally exposing secret documents by using a bathroom-based server.

  12. Kevin Scheunemann


    After getting out ambassador killed as Secretary of State and disavowing any responsibility, blaming an irrelevant video, and shouting “what difference does it make” in trying to determine the future fix, you really loook to any foreign policy statements she makes with any seriousness?

    Wow. You really are a child in the world of politics.

  13. Mark Maley

    Historians were mark this week as the one where the Trump phenomenon stopped and the Public got their first real look at the thin skinned incoherent , law suit loving , bigoted , fake tough guy

  14. old baldy


    Thanks for agreeing with me.


    Just more nonsensical made-up stuff.


    Well said.

  15. Kevin Scheunemann


    Guess you are all in on the sexual abuse enabler, who gets our ambassadors killed and denies responsibility.

    In the past, we would disqualify people lIke that from office. Liberalism has sunk the standard so low, Trump looks like someone of moral character in this race.

  16. Mark maley


    Say it ain’t so !

    You were firmly and brilliantly in the never trump club along with Owen but from your recent posts , you are sliding down the
    Black Hole of ” maybe he won’t be sooo bad .”

    Be strong . You had it right the first time

  17. Kevin Scheunemann


    I didn’t say I would vote for Trump, but I am impressed with how he “man handles” Hillary and the liberal cabal tactics of the unfair liberal Hillary media.

    Has there ever been a Republican chewing up the liberal media up like this, ever?

    The liberal media monopoly is being destroyed by Trump, and it is fun to watch. Who would have thought Trump could be teflon, like Bill Clinton!

    What I really find interesting: liberals get violent with protests over the Trump teflon. Did you ever see conservatives use violent protests over the Bill Clinton teflon?

    Conservatives are way more classy. I am still not voting for Trump, but am enjoying the exposure, and light shining to the evil liberalism represents today.

  18. old baldy


    In the past we wouldn’t elect draft dodging drug users either, yet cheney/bush was elected twice. Times change for all.

    “Did you ever see conservatives use violent protests over the Bill Clinton teflon?”. What do you call the attempted impeachment? History eludes you once again.

    “Conservatives are way more classy”. That is snot-bubble hilarious.

  19. Kevin Scheunemamn

    A one time drug user is way more preferable than a decades old serial sexual predator enabler.

    Attempted impeachment is comparable to liberal violent thug protests?

    That is hilarious.

  20. old baldy


    You have the right to your opinion, however ill-thought it may be. If you think that the results of 8 years of cheney/bush are more desirable than what we got from WJC, then fine for you. But history is not on your side.

  21. Pat

    Let’s compare the approval ratings for the two of them leaving office and see if the majority of the public felt the same way as Kevin.

    Bill Clinton 66%
    George W. Bush 34%

    Hmm, I guess not.

  22. Pat

    Ryan today,
    “I regret those comments that he made. Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed,”
    But he still endorses Trump. WTF????

  23. Kevin Scheunemann


    You look through history of one time polls of Democrats in DC?

    Polls can’t even get Bernie-Clinton contests right.

    If they polled Washington county, vs. DC, bet Bush approval rating is 70%.

    I agree Ryan should withdraw support of Trump.

  24. Pat

    Kev, it was a national poll. Rationalization is the second strongest human drive and you tend to rationalize more often than not.

  25. Kevin Scheunemann


    Since an actual WI voting referendum where 2/3rd of WI voted to declare marriage between one man, one woman, under God’s design, does not matter, why should a lessor quality poll matter more to us on the so-called “approval” of the president?

  26. old baldy


    You know he is starting to falter, now he both rationalizes and changes the subject.

  27. Pat

    The statement Kevin made is typical of a follower of the Solipsism Religion. Rationalization is his communion.

  28. Kevin Scheunemann

    Pat, Baldy,

    I learned it from the best. Both of you.

  29. Pat

    That’s the kind of response a child would give. And it’s not based on fact. Just emotion.

  30. old baldy


    Boy, you can’t even think of an original insult. Pretty lame even by your standards.

    Pat: I bet he still doesn’t know what the word means.

  31. Kevin Scheunemann


    Polls are not emotion?

  32. Pat

    You said, “I learned it from the best. Both of you.”, and I replied, “That’s the kind of response a child would give. And it’s not based on fact. Just emotion.” How do you come up with a reply of, “Polls are not emotion?”. That reply doesn’t have a thing to do with what I said. Or are you just grasping at straws? Beyond rationalization, that would be typical of a practitioner of the Solipsism Religion.

  33. Kevin Scheunemann

    Your original argument was an emotional argument bringing up highly emotional presidential approval ratings.

    I was getting down to your “emotional” level with it.

    Sorry if that offended.

  34. Pat

    Opinion polls are scientific in nature not emotional in nature. I suggest you read up on how polls work. But nice attempt. Keep trying.

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