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Paul Ryan on Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban: "This is not conservatism"

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Republican presidential candidates and some members of the establishment have by and large condemned Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim from entering the US.

But US House Speaker Paul Ryan offered the strongest rebuke yet, as Amber Phillips at the Washington Post reported:

"This is not conservatism."…

The notion of banning all members of one religion from the country "is not what this party stands for," Ryan went on, his rebuke made even more powerful by the fact that he typically avoids commenting on the presidential race. "More importantly, it's not what this country stands for."

It's unclear if this will have any impact on Trump. This would not be the the first time that Trump made a deplorable comment about a minority group, was condemned by his party, and got away with it — his campaign, in fact, arguably launched on such a statement, when he described Mexican immigrants as drug traffickers, criminals, and "rapists." But his supporters have said time and time again that they like him because he's willing to say politically incorrect things that are supposedly tough truths. And polling suggests that a sizable chunk of the Republican base supports Trump's anti-Muslim comments.

Still, it's good to see that fellow Republicans won't stand for it — even if it doesn't lead to Trump's demise.

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