House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has no problem with President-elect Donald Trump tweeting lies and conspiracy theories, including dangerous allegations of mass voter fraud in the recent presidential election.
In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Ryan said he could not prove Trump’s baseless claim that “millions of people voted illegally,” which the president-elect tweeted to his millions of followers last Sunday.
“I don’t know. I’m not really focused on these things,” Ryan said when anchor Scott Pelley asked him about Trump’s blatant lie.
“I have no way of backing that up. I have no knowledge of such things,” he said.
When Pelley continued to press him, Ryan said that the fact that the president-elect of the United States circulates false information on social media is not a concern to him.
“It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election,” he said. “The way I see the tweets you’re talking about, he’s basically giving voice to a lot of people who have felt that they were voiceless. He’s communicating with people in this country who’ve felt like they have not been listened to. He’s going to be an unconventional president.”
“Who cares what he tweeted, you know, on some Thursday night, if we fix this country’s big problems?” he added. “That’s just the way I look at this.”
If you ever wondered if there is an ounce of integrity remaining in the Republican party I think Paul Ryan just answered that question for you.
Perhaps the most chilling part of Ryan's response is the "I have no way of backing that up" statement.
Because that signals once again that we are living in a fact free world in which Paul Ryan either does not know who to trust for accurate information or is too afraid to learn that his party's president is pulling "facts" out of his ass.
This also signals to the American people that the Republican establishment cannot be counted on to keep Trump in check, and will instead give him carte blanche to do as much damage to the country as he sees fit while they sit on their hands. Just like they did when George W. Bush was in office.
In short, we are fucked.