It appears that many Republican leaders are content to sit at odds against a significant portion of the Republican electorate. After watching 16 other candidates — who took more establishment positions — fall to Donald Trump, many leaders in the GOP continue to oppose the ideas and policies that Donald Trump has espoused. This was clearly on display at Speaker Paul Ryan's press conference on Tuesday.
“I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interests,” Ryan said during his press conference this morning. “I do not think it’s reflective of our principles.”
Ryan said he stood by his comments against Trump’s proposed ban in December 2015 after the attacks in Paris in which he described it as “not conservatism” and “not what this party stands for.”
Ryan urged Americans to remember that the fight was against radical Islamic terrorism, and that the majority of Muslims were peaceful and important allies in the fight against terrorism.
“This is a war with radical Islam, it’s not a war with Islam,” he said. “Muslims are our partners. The vast, vast majority of Muslims in this country and around the world are moderate, they’re peaceful, they’re tolerant.”
Many who support Donald Trump believe that Paul Ryan — like President Obama — has failed to adequately address the Orlando terrorist attack and the threat of radical Islamic terror in general.
Ryan’s office has not answered a detailed set of questions from Breitbart News all day Sunday. The questions specifically focus on whether Ryan will continue using Americans’ taxpayer dollars to fund Muslim refugee resettlement in America, whether Ryan thinks Muslims should be allowed to continue coming to America in such high numbers, and whether he thinks it is acceptable that President Barack Obama is continuing to refuse to call this radical Islamic terrorism—or if Ryan thinks the president should face consequences, up to and including his immediate resignation from office.
Specifically, the three questions Ryan’s office is refusing to answer are:
1.) Will Speaker Ryan immediately pull all funding for Muslim refugee resettlement in America?
2.) Does Speaker Ryan think America should allow any Muslims to continue immigrating into America after this terrorist attack?
3.) Since President Obama is still refusing to call this radical Islamic terrorism, Donald Trump is calling for the president to immediately resign from the White House. Does Speaker Ryan agree or should President Obama yet again be allowed to keep ignoring the threat and face no consequences?
Time will tell if Speaker Ryan will respond to Breitbart's questions — and the questions of many Americans. The fear among many conservatives is that establishment Republicans may continue to side with President Obama regarding Muslim refugee resettlement and that it may take more tragic and deplorable attacks before they change their minds.