Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump duke it out.
When Donald Trump issued a light-hearted threat to Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday night, saying Ryan would pay a “big price” if he didn’t get along with Trump, the speaker was apparently watching — and he fires back with a laugh and a smirk. But we all know the GOP leaders are truly shaking in their boots as they grasp ahold of the final pieces of the crumbling party.
“I just laughed out loud”
“I just laughed out loud,” Ryan told reporters Thursday, noting that he saw the Trump press conference live. “Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction around here these days.”
The Republican presidential candidate issued his “threat” after winning big on Super Tuesday, and after Ryan condemned the idea that Republicans might be OK with the Ku Klux Klan.
“Paul Ryan, I do not know him well, but I’m sure we will get along,” Trump said. “And if we don’t, he will have to pay a big price, OK?”
Ryan said he didn’t really think anything of Trump’s remarks, but the Wisconsin Republican made it clear several times Thursday that he has disagreements with Trump, even if he won’t say the GOP presidential frontrunner’s name.
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“If I see episodes where conservatism is being disfigured,” Ryan said, “if I see ideas and comments that mislead the people as to who we are as Republicans, I’m going to speak out on those.”
But let’s face it, Paul Ryan and the GOP are disgruntled at the fact that their party was highjacked by Trump.
Ryan noted that he’s twice broken his silence on 2016 — both times to address comments from Trump —– and he said he would continue to speak out when conservatism is being misconstrued. But he also said he’s not worried about not condemning every controversial statement the Trump makes.
When he was asked how he could reasonably work with Trump considering they are on the opposite sides of most policies — Trump wants to raise taxes on the rich, leave entitlements alone and is opposed to free trade — Ryan ducked acknowledging their policy disagreements.
“We’re going to speak out for who we are and what we believe. We’re going to run on our beliefs, we’re going to run on our ideas,” he said. “I’m just going to leave it at that.”
“I don’t really know him. We’re going to obviously get know each other if he gets the nomination, and we’ll cross those bridges when we get to it.”
Of Trump, Ryan said: “I don’t really know him. We’re going to obviously get know each other if he gets the nomination, and we’ll cross those bridges when we get to it.”