(Trump.news) Easy does it, Mr. Speaker: House Speaker Paul Ryan’s first year has been, um, a “learning experience,” to say the least, and it very well could be he was elevated to the position long before he was actually ready for it. That may be one way to explain his inability to escape criticism from a very restive party that is trying to complete the trifecta of holding onto the House and Senate while regaining the presidency…with Donald J. Trump at the helm.
It’s obvious that Trump is not Ryan’s first choice to lead the party against presumptive (and very damaged) Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but that’s who voters chose and so now Ryan must learn to get on board with that choice and stop carping so much at the party’s standard-bearer. That is the message from Senate Republicans who are much more comfortable with how their chief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, handles Trump. As reported by The Hill:
Speaker Paul Ryan’s handling of Donald Trump is coming under criticism from Senate Republicans, many of whom prefer the way their leader, Mitch McConnell, deals with the unconventional candidate.
McConnell, the Senate majority leader from Kentucky, has steadfastly declined to call Trump’s criticism of a federal judge “racist,” a term that Ryan pointedly deployed.
“It sets up journalists to ask, ‘Do you agree with Paul Ryan that it was racist?” said an aide to a vulnerable GOP senator
Trump set off a firestorm last week by claiming that a Mexican-American federal judge handling a lawsuit against Trump University was biased because of his heritage.
Republican lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol swiftly expressed strong disapproval but Ryan ratcheted up the criticism significantly by calling it “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Of course, the “racism” description is a term the political Left uses to silence opposition to any race- or ethnic-related issue, even when there is no real racism or bigotry (like when Republicans and Trump call for enforcing current immigration laws). So naturally congressional Republicans aren’t comfortable when their own House Speaker uses the term. There’s more, and you should read it, here.
And speaking of the Speaker, are his motives for criticizing Trump self-serving? Could be, according to The Daily Caller:
A longtime Republican financial backer who attended a New York fundraiser held by Chris Christie for Donald Trump Thursday tells The Daily Caller that most Republican donors are on board with Trump, yet House Speaker Paul Ryan is hoping Trump loses so he can run in four years.
The source tells TheDC that the reason Ryan has not been coming out strongly for Trump is because of his desire to run in four years. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has been fervently anti-Trump, also wants to run in four years, according to the longtime Republican backer. Romney will be 73 in 2020.
Politics is a dirty business, as our presumptive GOP nominee is discovering. Read more about the alleged treachery, here.
Trump’s coming speech on Monday will focus primarily on his rival’s legendary corruption. Per Politico
Donald Trump’s team is hunkering down to draft the charge sheet the presumptive GOP nominee will unveil against Hillary Clinton on Monday, intent on laying out a credible general election argument that leads voters to question her trustworthiness.
Senior campaign advisers beginning to focus on the speech cast it Wednesday as “all about pivoting to the general election.”
But many Republicans worry that the former reality TV star’s penchant for focusing on the Clintons’ personal lives and scandals of years past — he declared them “fair game” months ago as he bulldozed to the finish line of a Republican primary — could undermine the more disciplined case party leaders have been making against Clinton for a year — that the Democrat’s email controversy and actions in Benghazi show she is too irresponsible to be commander in chief.
Trump attempted to do just that on Tuesday night, sticking to more recent Clinton controversies, apparently heeding the advice of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who encouraged him to adopt a more coherent message that lined up neatly with GOP messaging….
“The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” Trump said. “They’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts and I mean hundreds of millions of dollars.
There’s much more, here.