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House Speaker No Longer? Why Paul Ryan Might Be Out [VIDEO]

Paul Ryan has grown more unpopular as House Speaker, especially because of the way he has treated Donald Trump.

Is there a rebellion brewing against the House Speaker? We should all hope so!

Here’s how the Associated Press spins it:

House Speaker Paul Ryan is under fire from fellow Republicans upset with his messy political divorce from Donald Trump, with some threatening an effort to oust him.

So far, the rumblings are limited and no one has advanced a potential replacement nearly as respected among colleagues as the Wisconsin Republican. That suggests an uphill path to deposing Ryan, who was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee and could harbor White House ambitions.

The Nov. 8 election seems sure to shrink the House GOP’s majority. If Trump loses the presidential race to Democrat Hillary Clinton, disgruntled conservatives wouldn’t need many votes to topple Ryan.

On the contrary, the House majority might expand and Donald Trump might win. But, if so, Ryan’s chances of remaining House Speaker are still not good. Donald Trump does not like Ryan and would almost certainly want to get someone else to be House Speaker.

So, Paul Ryan might not be House Speaker much longer. Much of the reason has to do with the way Ryan treated Trump, by delaying to endorse him and then publicly separating from him.

Some Republicans say Ryan damaged Trump’s chances by abandoning him.

Ryan delayed his endorsement of Trump and spent months criticizing the nominee’s comments on women and others. In return, Trump has relentlessly slammed the nation’s highest elected GOP official.

After the 2005 video emerged showing Trump boasting about groping women, Ryan said he would not defend the Trump and would campaign solely to protect Republican control of Congress. Ryan told colleagues to handle Trump’s candidacy however they wished, which many Republicans considered smart.

Calling Ryan “the nation’s highest elected GOP official,” is not a lie, but it may mislead readers. While Trump received record-breaking numbers in the primary, Paul Ryan has only won the votes of a majority in his precinct in Wisconsin to become a Congressman. And then he was voted into the position of House Speaker by his peers. Calling him “the nation’s highest elected GOP official,” might make readers think he has nationwide support.

It doesn’t mean that.

On another aspect of the AP story’s spin, “many Republicans” consider Paul Ryan’s decisions about Trump to be idiotic. Otherwise, his position as House Speaker would not now be in jeopardy.

What motivates Paul Ryan?

Ryan comes from a very different place than Trump, ideologically. He is in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants and open borders. He wants America to “lead” the world—a reference to money spent on foreign aid, foreign militarism, and supranational agencies established by international treaty. Like anyone who strongly believes in something, Paul probably tends to believe that opposing views will lose. Thus, he would tend to believe that Donald Trump will lose the election and that it is the responsibility of the House Speaker to try to “save” Congress from the election damage.

There is also probably personal ambition involved since Ryan would have a better chance of running in 2020 if Hillary Clinton wins.

While Ryan’s position is understandable, many Republicans find it unforgiveable.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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