House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November — a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year.
Ryan said in a press conference after meeting with House lawmakers that his primary motivation was so he could spend more time with his wife and children, who he said he did not want to remember him as a “weekend Dad.”
“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only ever have known me as a weekend Dad — I just can’t let that happen,” he said.
Ryan, who was first elected to Congress in 1998, said he believes Congress has achieved “a heck of a lot” under his leadership as speaker since 2015.
“You all know I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly, but I have given this job everything I have,” Ryan said, adding that he has “no regrets.”
His decision not to seek re-election follow him playing a key role in passing last year’s tax reform bill — an issue close to his heart and something he said he has dedicated his career to. But Ryan has had a rocky relationship with President Trump, and condemned Trump’s more controversial moves on a number of occasions during the campaign.
Hagar: Rumor is that Paul Ryan may resign as U.S. House speaker, Scalise will replace him, Amodei says
Nevada’s 2nd U.S. House District Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, said on Nevada Newsmakers Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan may soon resign as Speaker of the U.S. House.
Amodei said he was repeating a rumor that’s around Capitol Hill.
“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,” Amodei said.
“Now that is interesting because nobody has talked to members (of the U.S. House) on how they are going to vote (on new leadership),” Amodei said. “Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week.”
Scalise, from Louisiana’s 1st U.S. House District, is currently the House majority whip, responsible for rounding up votes on various bills and issues. In June of 2017, he was shot during practice for the congressional baseball team in Virginia. He survived after being in critical condition and returned to Congress in late September of 2017.
This is not the first time resignation rumors about Ryan, of Wisconsin, have surfaced. Last December, he said he was “soul searching” about his leadership role in the U.S. House. At the time, he denied the rumors of resignation, saying they were “irresponsible.”
USELESS WIMPS! Paul Ryan claimed only one Congressional member supports border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is non-existent, and the rest not in favor.
Breitbart News report:
House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).
The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.
“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.
Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”
[…]“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” Tancredo, who for years in the House fought a mostly fruitless battle to get Congress to combat the flood of illegal immigration, added.
House Speaker and member of the Gang of RINO ( Undocumented Democrats ) Paul Ryan criticized President Trump for pardoning a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Paul Ryan: “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States.”
WRONG! Law enforcement officials have special responsibility to ENFORCE THE LAW AND PUNISH LAWBREAKERS.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday criticized President Donald Trump for pardoning a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to object to the move.
“The speaker does not agree with the decision,” said Ryan spokesman Doug Andres. “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Mr. Ryan’s statement.
On Friday, the White House announced that the president had pardoned Mr. Arpaio, known as an immigration hard-liner who had been sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years before he lost a re-election bid last year.
Paul Ryan is married to a Democrat attorney and former lobbyist. During a conference call with Republicans in October 2016 before the November election, Ryan told them he was through defending the Republican nominee. The GOP House Speaker added, “I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,.
GOP Speaker Paul Ryan took to his social media AGAIN on Monday to condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville. Ryan is yet to condemn Antifa thugs who attack Trump supporters and police officers. Remember, Ryan’s wife is a liberal. When a Republican man marries a liberal woman, he would be the one to wear the skirt and the woman will wear the pants.
Here’s Ryan’s tweet:
We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society. My thoughts on
In Paul Ryan’s statement, he said:
I was struck by the tone Heather Heyer’s parents took at her memorial service. Here they are suddenly grieving and saying goodbye to their daughter, taken by an act of domestic terrorism. And instead of turning to anger, they call for healing and forgiveness. They set a powerful example.When this all happened last Saturday, I was in the mountains with my family. Our annual camping trip is the kind of time away we really cherish these days. Of course, the escape was short-lived, jolted back to reality by what happened in Charlottesville.I felt the range of emotions that so many of us did. Anger, bewilderment, sadness. As I said then, the views that fueled this spectacle are repugnant. My hope was that the nation would unite in opposition to this bigotry.The immediate condemnations from left, right, and center affirmed that there is no confusion about right and wrong here.I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need to confront it and defeat it.That is why we all need to make clear there is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis. We cannot allow the slightest ambiguity on such a fundamental question.If America stands for anything, it is the idea that the condition of your birth doesn’t affect the outcome of your life. The notion that anyone is intrinsically superior to anyone else runs completely counter to our founding principles. Those principles make America special. They by no means make us perfect. We may never fully eradicate this scourge. After all, this republic is defined by its often winding pursuit of a more perfect union.But it is that chase that sets us apart. It is the notion we are always trying to be better. This goes especially for our leaders. Those of us entrusted with the privilege to serve and represent the American people have an obligation to challenge us to push beyond the passions of the moment.
GOP establishment swamp Paul Ryan has nothing but good words about witch hunt special counsel Robert Mueller.
Paul Ryan spoke to Wisconsin-based radio host, Jay Weber on Monday and defended Mueller, who stacked his probe team with Hillary and Obama linked attorneys and whose law firm gave 99.81% of their campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Examiner :
“Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican who was appointed by a Republican who served in the Republican administration who crossed over and stayed on ’til his term ended.”
“I don’t think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a biased partisan. He’s really, sort of, anything but,” Ryan continued.
“The point is we have an investigation in the House, an investigation in the Senate and a special counsel, which sort of de-politicizes this stuff and gets it out of the political theater, and that is, I think, better to get this off to the side,” Ryan said. “I think the facts will vindicate themselves, and then let’s just go do our jobs.”
Speaker Ryan was a never-Trumper and was caught in a leaked audio by Breitbart News telling House GOP during conference call last October that he would not defend President Trump, now or in the future.
ALREADY SNOWFLAKES EIGHT GRADERS TO PAUL RYAN DURING D.C. FIELD TRIP: NO PHOTO OP BECAUSE ‘WE ALL HATE YOU!’
- Snowflake in the making! Matthew Malespina, 13-years-old: ‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton‘
- Matthew Malespina immediately texted his librarian mother Elissa Elliott Malespina to tell her that he was so concerned meeting with Paul Ryan and she urged him to let the teachers know he was uncomfortable with it.
- “I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green
Eight grade students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey were in Washington D.C. for a field trip when they get a ‘horrible’ news: House Speaker Paul Ryan is going to meet them!
So disturbed by the idea, Matthew Malespina, 13, immediately texted his librarian mother Elissa Elliott Malespina to tell her that he was so concerned and she urged him to let the teachers know he was uncomfortable with it.
“I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green
And because of the disturbing situation, teachers did not force the students to take picture with Ryan, but only those who were willing. When Ryan emerged from the Capitol on Thursday, some students who had agreed to take part were gathered on the steps to have their photograph taken. The others were stood across the street with Ryan unaware that they had refused.
Matthew also ruled out ever posing with President Trump but enthusiastically said he’d have a snap taken with Hillary Clinton.
‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton,’ he said.
South Orange Middle School students in the same grade walked out of classes earlier in the year to protest against Trump’s inauguration.
On Facebook, his librarian mom Elissa Elliott Malespina posted: ‘So proud of Matthew!’
His mother also said:
‘I don’t think it was a sign of disrespect. I think it was a sign of peaceful protesting. A sign of disrespect would be to curse the guy off but he chose to not take a picture with a man who was clearly doing it for a photo-op. I think all of them were rather respectful.’