Paul Ryan: Trump Needs To Get It Together After ‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweet

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) admonished Donald Trump on Tuesday for tweeting an anti-Hillary Clinton message with a Star of David over the weekend. An exasperated Ryan called the tweet “anti-Semitic” and “ridiculous.”

“Look, anti-Semitic images have no place in a presidential campaign,” Ryan said in a phone-in with conservative radio host Charlie Sykes.

Ryan also said while he doesn’t know which Trump campaign “flunky” was responsible for the message featuring a six-point star, he couldn’t drop everything to denounce the “ridiculous” tweet over the Fourth of July weekend.

“If I had to stop everything to comment on every ridiculous tweet sent out by this campaign, I wouldn’t have time to do anything,” he said. “I really believe he’s gotta clean up the way his new media works.”

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  1. Shorter Paul Ryan: I am still available for nomination. I am not overtly racist/bigot. I am still White.

  2. He was known as “Paulie the Shiv” in high school.

  3. And the story just got legs for another two news cycles.

  4. I’d really love to know how that tweet with the Star of David was received by Sheldon Adelson. As I recall, Chris Christie had to get down and beg for forgiveness after he accidentally referred to the occupied territories as the “occupied territories.” Does this latest flap measure up to the same level of sin in Adelson’s book? God only knows.

  5. STOP excusing Trumps behavior by using the term “six point star”.

    This meme wasn’t lifted from an anti-Hillary law enforcement site. This was undeniably a Star of David lifted from a neo-Nazi White Supremacist site. .

    You have a moral obligation to call this anti-Semitic slur exactly what it is.

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