True Republican Leadership

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan today showed the world what true Republican leadership looks like.

Speaker Ryan swiftly and unambiguously condemned Donald Trump’s outrageous statement that all Muslims should be denied entrance to the United States.

“It’s a founding principle of this country. Normally I do not comment on what’s going on in the presidential election. I will take an exception today.

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. 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 defend the Constitution. Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism and freedom, democracy, individual rights.

“I told our members this morning to always strive to live up to our highest ideals, to uphold those principles in the Constitution which we swear every two years that we will defend.That’s why we are here, and that’s why we’ll stay here, to do the people’s work.”

In light of recent events, Maine’s Republican leadership could take a lesson from Speaker Ryan.

Please take a moment to watch this.