House Speaker Paul Ryan encouraged Americans to vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in an op-ed published on CNN Saturday, arguing a unified Republican party is the best way to fix the country’s problems.
Highlighting the House GOP’s “A Better Way” agenda, Ryan said keeping the majority in Congress in addition to getting a Republican into the White House would help prevent over-regulation led by Washington bureaucrats.
“This election offers a fundamental choice: between staying on the current path of decline, or taking a better way that offers more freedom for every single American,” he wrote. “Only Republicans are offering a better way.”
Clinton has presented more scandals than fresh ideas, according to the Wisconsin Republican, and slammed her for referring to a large portion of the country as “deplorables.”
“For her, the driving force is the government — not the individual — and the bureaucracy is filled with unelected insiders who decide what is best for us on their whim, not our consent,” he continued. “It is as arrogant, condescending and paternalistic as it gets.”
Ryan and Trump have had a turbulent relationship throughout the election, with the nominee repeatedly attacking the speaker on social media, accusing him of not being supportive enough. Ryan announced in early October he would no longer campaign with or defend Trump’s comments after a 2005 video leaked showing the candidate making lewd comments about women, but his endorsement remained in tact. He later said he was willing to attend a rally with Trump scheduled in West Allis, Wis., which was later cancelled.
“If Republicans do not turn out — if we sit this one out — we will open the door not just to Hillary Clinton but also a Democratic Congress eager to give her a blank check,” he said. “That’s what we get if we don’t win: more scandal, and more of the same.”
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