House speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, on Monday evening was critical of President Trump for his failure to fully condemn white nationalists last week saying he “messed up.”
Ryan lauded Trump’s second chance at responding to the violence in Charlottesville, VA, saying it was “pitch perfect.” But took issue with his bizarre press conference that happened later the same day.
“Then, the next day, I think it was in New York on an infrastructure press conference, in answer to a question, I think he made comments that were much more morally ambiguous, much more confusing,” Ryan said. “And I do think he could have done better. I think he needed to do better.”
Ryan then said Trump did a good job for applauding the counter-protesters in Boston at a “free Speech” rally over the last weekend and said the President is headed in the right direction with his speech on Afghanistan.
“The soldier understands what we as a nation too often forget, that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all,” Trump said Monday night. “When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate.”
The Speaker said that was “exactly what a president needs to say and what we needed to hear.”
“So I do believe that he messed up in his comments on Tuesday, when it – it – it sounded like a moral equivocation, or at the very least moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity,” he added.
via Talking Points Memo