Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for his gutless reaction on radical Islamic terrorism — and for his criticisms of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on Islam — during an exclusive interview with Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM.
Ryan has barely condemned the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 50 and landed another 53 in the hospital.
“Paul Ryan is out of touch with his constituents,” said the former GOP vice presidential candidate. “Those who have put their faith in with their sacred vote.” (Sacred vote? Does that come with a super secret decoder ring?)
Leaders like Ryan have not come up with the plan or the will to confront the threat, she said. “What is the number of lives lost before our leadership will wake up and deal with the problem?” (Inadequate gun control laws?)
“It’s a deadly ideology. It is embraced by people who lie,” she said. “They will strike again. They will continue.” (Oh she's talking about Islam. Dammit I should have guessed Islam.)
Palin then of course said that Donald Trump was right about keeping Islamic refugees out of the country, even though the Orlando shooter was born in America.
But wait, there's more:
“It is ‘We the People’ who have to educate each other, do our homework,” she said. “Then, we circle the wagons. That’s how we survive, we circle the wagons.” (Okay, I don't even have a wagon. Do you guys have a wagon? Seriously who has a wagon these days?)
“The RINOs [Republicans in Name Only], the establishment, the permanent political class — they don’t care who wins an election as long as they are protected, their pocketbook, their power, their name tag that they get to wear with a big title on it. That is their motivation. To them politics is a business. They are in it for a season, not a reason. And their season all has to do with self-protection and financial gain,” she said. ("To them politics is a business." How does this woman not overdose on irony like five times a day?)
“The rest of us — we don’t care about the money (Ha!), we don’t care about the titles, the power, the offices. No, we’re busy living our lives and raising our families and running our businesses. And we just want the best for this exceptional nation. We do want it to be great again, and that is why so many of us jumped on the Trump train.”
At the end of the article Palin characterizes Trump as, and I kid you not, "this blue collar billionaire in touch with the people."
Man I knew she would be back, but even I did not expect her to be this tightly wound.
So do you want to know the stupidest part?
Yes, I know the whole thing is stupid, but there is even something dumber.
Paul Ryan, DID condemn Islamist terrorists:
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, commenting on Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, said: "As we heal, we need to be clear-eyed about who did this. We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists."
I'm not exactly sure how much more condemning that Sarah Palin wants, perhaps she wants Ryan to tell people to start punching hijab wearing women in the face or something, but that seemed like some fairly aggressive religious intolerance to me.
Here let me end with this.
Islam did not kill those 50 or more people yesterday.
Homophobia did not rip the flesh off of more than a hundred people in a nightclub in Florida.
Terrorism did not provide the means for the worst mass shooting in America history.
These did.Guns traced in #Orlando shooting: .223 caliber AR type rifle and 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Similar to those pictured pic.twitter.com/Ao5pcLtwBg— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) June 12, 2016
It really does not matter why these people kill our fellow citizens, it matters how.
And the answer to how is that they are living in a country which fervently believes that it is everybody's right to have access to the deadliest weapons available. And if dozens, and dozens, of people die, well that is just the cost of freedom.