This guy is sooo out of touch.
Speaker Paul Ryan blames the current “political campaigns” for alienating people from politics and “dimming their hopes for the future.”
The AP reported:
This year’s political campaigns are discouraging and risk alienating people from government and dimming their hopes for the future, House Speaker Paul Ryan says in a speech aiming to describe “what politics can be.”
The remarks by Ryan, R-Wis., come amid campaigns for each party’s presidential nomination that have been particularly overheated on the Republican side. GOP front-runner Donald Trump and his party rivals have repeatedly belittled each other with personal insults, while the Democratic contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been less confrontational.
“Looking around at what’s taking place in politics today, it is easy to get disheartened,” Ryan says in excerpts released by his office ahead of a Wednesday speech. “How many of you find yourself just shaking your head at what you see from both sides?”
Ryan said that while skepticism is beneficial, “When people distrust politics, they come to distrust institutions. They lose faith in their government, and the future, too. We can acknowledge this. But we can’t accept it. And we can’t enable it either.”
The speaker has remained officially neutral in his party’s presidential contest so far, even as other GOP leaders have openly searched for ways to prevent Trump from clinching the nomination before the party’s July convention in Cleveland.
He has publicly criticized Trump on three occasions without mentioning the billionaire’s name: for calling for a ban on Muslim immigrants, failing to strenuously disavow his endorsement by a former Ku Klux Klan leader and fueling anger at political events.