Some Senate GOPers Are Reportedly Angry With Paul Ryan for Calling Trump Comments ‘Racist’

paul ryanPaul Ryan has both publicly and privately spoken out against Donald Trump‘s attacks on the Hispanic overseeing the Trump University case. But calling those attacks textbook racism has apparently pissed off Ryan’s Senate colleagues.

See, Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, repeatedly refused to call those attacks racist in an interview last weekend, and The Hill reports that this is apparently the approach Senate Republicans much prefer.

Anonymous Republican senators spoke to The Hill––all expressing varying degrees of frustration with Ryan. One said, “Nobody was happy with Paul.” Another said, “His comments poured gasoline on the fire and put every Republican in an incredibly uncomfortable position. It was entirely avoidable.”

And an aide to yet another Republican senator said that the Ryan basically gave the media the perfect opportunity to ask, “Do you agree with Paul Ryan that it was racist?”, which they said creates a great deal of discomfort.

And then there was this comment from yet another GOP senator, who brought up an even bigger problem for their side:

If he could have gotten his point across without being so definitive and giving Democrats fodder for people lower on the ticket, that would have been good.

Ryan has stood behind his comments, even as he continues to endorse Trump for the presidency, and he said this week, “Hopefully a lesson will be learned here.”

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