Wisconsin Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest to disagree with Donald Trump and his controversial statements about Muslims.
“This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And, more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for,” Ryan said today at a news conference with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. “Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and to defend the Constitution.”
Ryan added that he’d prefer to not comment on presidential politics but the severity of the comments deserved a response.
Trump’s controversial press release had called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump’s proposal was met with incredible enthusiasm by many of his supporters, who showed their approval via social media as well as at his rally last night.
But his detractors are many, even within his own Republican party. New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Michael Medved’s radio program today, “Again, this is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about. We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we.”