Ahead of Speaker Ryanís CNN Town Hall, Letís Play the Trump-Ryan Policy Match Game



Speaker Ryan Needn’t Bother Denying the GOP is the Party of Trump


Washington DC (July 12, 2016) – Before Paul Ryan heads home for a nearly two-month Summer recess in the middle of a relaxed 111 Day Congressional work schedule this year after doing absolutely nothing constructive to address the Zika Virus, the Flint water crisis, or the worsening gun violence epidemic, the Speaker is set to join a CNN town hall tonight to field questions “regarding the current state of the Republican Party.”


If Speaker Ryan’s goal tonight is to disassociate the Republican Party brand from Donald Trump’s dangerous, divisive and unapologetically racist rhetoric -- that ship sailed the day Ryan and many of his GOP colleagues decided to endorse him to lead the free world and have his finger on the nuclear button.


From Trump’s praise for Saddam Hussein, to his racially charged comments against the Judge in the Trump University fraud lawsuit, to promoting neo-Nazi propaganda on Twitter, to calling for a ‘total’ ban of all Muslims, for Speaker Ryan, as the NYT notes, it’s “become a bizarre ritual of alternately denouncing and then supporting Mr. Trump, on an almost weekly basis.”  Before Ryan pats himself on the back tonight for calling out some of Trump’s hateful rhetoric that has breathed new life into the white nationalist movement, will he first acknowledge all the years the GOP stoked anti-immigrant fear and blew the dog whistle to motivate the worst elements of their base to get out the vote? It’s what gave rise to the failed Casino mogul’s success in the primary in the first place. 

If Speaker Ryan’s goal tonight is to sell voters on the House Republican agenda “independent of his party’s presumptive presidential nominee”,  it is another exercise in pointlessness as their anti-woman, anti-environment, anti-immigrant, anti-worker priorities mirror Trump’s, whether it’s handing out trillions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires and outsourcers, or opposing the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work, or denying climate science to protect Big Oil, or defunding Planned Parenthood, or stripping away health coverage from 24 million Americans, or putting gun manufacturer profits ahead of public safety. *SEE BELOW.


If Speaker Ryan’s goal tonight is to deny his party is the Party of Trump, he will have a better chance signing up more students for Trump University or making a Trump casino profitable than fooling voters that Republicans can endorse Trump and not be held responsible for their shared extreme right-wing agenda.






Donald Trump

Speaker Paul Ryan

Like Minds?


Killing Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Trump Wants to Use a “Deportation Force” to Remove 11 Million Immigrants From the U.S.’  [The Atlantic, November 11, 2015]


‘Trump defends calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" [CBS News, July 2, 2015]



Paul Ryan Won’t Answer Questions From DREAMers He Voted To Deport [Think Progress, August 26, 2014]


Paul Ryan Says There Will Be No Immigration Reform Under Obama;

The newly elected speaker says the president can't be trusted. [Huffington Post, 11/01/2015]


Paul Ryan: House Will Take ‘Extraordinary Step’ To Block Deportation Relief

No amnesty! [Huffington Post, 3/1/2016]






Scoffing at Equal Pay for Equal Work for Women


Donald Trump On Equal Pay: Women Should Do As Good A Job As Men [Huffington Post, 10/13/2015]


Donald Trump Field Organizer Accuses Campaign of Sex Discrimination; Elizabeth Mae Davidson, 26, who was the Trump campaign’s field organizer here in Davenport, said in a discrimination complaint that men doing the same jobs were paid more [New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016]


Paul Ryan: “Lilly Ledbetter was not an equal pay law. It was about opening up the lawsuits and statute of limitations” [NewsMax, 10/18/12]


Ryan Voted Against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. [HR 2831, 7/31/07]


Ryan Again Voted Against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Of 2009. [S 181, 1/27/09]

Ryan Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [HR 1338, 7/31/08]

Ryan Again Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act [HR 12, 1/9/09]

Ryan Devalued Lilly Ledbetter Act as “Some Obscure Vote” : “What women are asking me about is not some obscure vote or something like that.” [WKMG, Orlando FL, 8/20/12]





Refusing to Act or Offer Anything Constructive to Prevent Gun Violence in Order to Protect Gun Maker Profits


Donald Trump Wishes There Had Been More Armed Orlando Clubgoers Shooting Blindly In The Crowded Room; There actually was a security guard with a gun. That didn’t stop the massacre. [Huffington Post, 6/13/2016]


Paul Ryan: Barring gun purchases by those on no-fly lists 'a distraction' from terror fight [Wisconsin State Journal, Dec 8, 2015]


Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan defends prayer as adequate response to gun violence [New York Daily News, February 4, 2016]


Wolf Blitzer Asks Paul Ryan If NRA Donations To His Campaign Is The “Key” To His Refusal To Bring Gun Bill To Vote [Media Matters, June 22, 2016]


Paul Ryan Wants To Fix Gun Violence, Proposes No Solutions; Congress is about to take a seven-week break without making progress on the issue. [Huffington Post, 7/12/2016]


House won’t debate guns before heading home for the summer [Washington Post, July 12, 2016]


Paul Ryan calls for unity on Dallas, one day after threatening Democrats over gun violence sit-in [Daily Kos, July 8, 2016]


Speaker Paul Ryan Must Offer More Than a “Moment of Silence” In Response to the Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History and Worsening Gun Violence Epidemic [AUFC, June 22, 2016]






Taking Away Women’s Reproductive Rights

Trump: “There has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions [VOX, March 30, 2016]


Trump: Abortion ‘punishment’ comment an ‘unbelievable academic answer’ [Washington Times, May 4, 2016]


‘Trump Vows to Sign Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood if President’ [Christian Broadcast Network, Feb. 18, 2016]



Paul Ryan: 'I Don't Think Planned Parenthood Should Get One Red Cent From the Taxpayer' [, November 5, 2015]


Ryan Refuses To Say Abortions Should Be Available To Women Who Are Raped

[Think Progress, August 22, 2012]






Tax Cuts for Millionaires, Outsourcers that Don’t Create Jobs But Do Create a Lot More Debt


‘Trump Plan Is Tax Cut for the Rich, Even Hedge Fund Managers’ [New York Times, September 28, 2015]


‘Donald Trump's tax plan would add trillions to the debt’ [Christian Science Monitor, December 24, 2015]


What Trump and the G.O.P. Can Agree On: Tax Cuts for the Rich [New York Times, July 10, 2016]



Paul Ryan’s Tax Plan Was Designed With The Rich In Mind [Think Progress, 7/6/2016]


Ryan Tax Plan Reserves Most Tax Cuts for Top 1 percent, Costs $4 Trillion Over 10 Years [Citizens for Tax Justice, June 29, 2016]







Climate Inaction


Donald Trump’s deep tweets on climate change: “hoax,” “mythical,” “nonexistent” a “con job,” “bullsh*t”, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”


Trump: 'I'm not a big believer in man-made climate change.' [Washington Post, March 22, 2016]


Trump says he'd eliminate 'Department of Environment Protection' [Washington Examiner, March 3, 2016]




Think Progress, Oct. 14, 2014: Ryan asserted that “we’ve had climate change forever,” and that the benefits of policies to cut carbon emissions “do not outweigh the costs.” This is not Paul Ryan’s first go-round on the issue: back in July, the Congressman dismissively said that “climate change occurs no matter what,” and that efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are “an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth.”





Playing Politics with Zika Virus Response


Trump, July 6. 2016: “There was a mosquito. I don't want mosquitoes around me! I don’t like mosquitoes! I don’t like those mosquitoes. I never did!"




Huffington Post, June 23, 2016: GOP’s Zika Bill Limits Contraception Access And Prevents Planned Parenthood From Helping; House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the bill would sufficiently address the crisis. 


Huffington Post05/24/2016: Lawmakers Use Zika Crisis To Push Pesticide Break; While Congress hasn’t passed funding to deal with the virus, the House did decide to use the issue to undermine clean water rules; Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) posted a statement arguing that “onerous new EPA regulations have completely hamstrung mosquito control activities.” ; While eliminating the clean water protections would make life easier for mosquito sprayers in some respects, environmental advocates say the restrictions on spraying are entirely irrelevant to a potential Zika outbreak for several reasons.





Rooting for Economic Disaster for Personal or Political Gain


‘Donald Trump in 2006: I 'sort of hope' real estate market tanks’ [CNN, May 19, 2016]


Trump in 2007: 'I'm Excited' for Housing Market Crash [NBC News, May 23, 2016]


Trump Hoped for Housing Market Crash So He Could “Make a lot of money” [Correct the Record, 7/6/2016]



Ryan stood with the Tea Party and voted against the 2013 deal that reopened the government and avoided default on the nation’s debt obligations. Despite the $24 billion the economy had already lost due to the Republican shutdown, Ryan voted for continued self-inflicted economic damage. 


Roll Call, Oct. 17, 2016: Paul Ryan's 'No' Vote Concerns Pelosi, Hoyer: "The significant majority of Republicans voted to keep government shut down and bypass [Oct.] 17th without fully paying our debts. I thought, 'That's not a good sign,'" Hoyer told CQ Roll Call in an interview. But the center of their worries is House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., a leader of the bicameral, bipartisan budget conference who also voted "no" on the Senate deal.





Keeping the Minimum Wage Below the Poverty Line


‘Trump calls for end to federal minimum wage as views shift’ [The Guardian, May 8, 2016]


Ryan has claimed “I’m focused on poverty these days,” and yet strongly opposes raising the minimum wage for the first time in 7 years and lifting millions of Americans from it.





Cutting Social Security and Medicare Benefits


Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2016: Trump Adviser Says He’s Open to Entitlement Program Changes: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign waffled again on the details of its economic policy, with a top adviser suggesting a Trump administration would be open to reductions in Medicare and Social Security spending if the campaign’s tax cuts don’t achieve extraordinary budget surpluses.



Ryan is of course the architect behind the GOP’s hugely unpopular, perennial scheme to end Medicare’s guarantee with private insurance coupons that by design don’t keep up with health costs and stick seniors with the tab. In 2005, Ryan was a cheerleader for President Bush’s Social Security privatization scheme to let Wall Street get their hands on seniors’ benefits.