Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for his gutless reaction on radical Islamic terrorism — and for his criticisms of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on Islam — during an exclusive interview with Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM.
Ryan has barely condemned the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 50 and landed another 53 in the hospital.
Leaders like Ryan have not come up with the plan or the will to confront the threat, she said. “What is the number of lives lost before our leadership will wake up and deal with the problem?”
The problem is radical Islam, she said.
“It’s a deadly ideology. It is embraced by people who lie,” she said. “They will strike again. They will continue.”
Palin said Trump was right when he called out the federal government’s inability to properly screen immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries. But, instead of siding with Trump, Ryan disparaged him.
The Speaker had the chance to stop President Barack Obama’s plans to bring in Syrian refugees before systems were in place to protect the American people, but he chose to fully fund Obama’s plans.
Ryan did not campaign saying he would become Obama’s lapdog, but that is what he has become, Palin said.
In the battle against radical Islam, Americans cannot rely on the mainstream media to tell them what is really going on and what the real dangers are, Palin added.
“It is ‘We the People’ who have to educate each other, do our homework,” she said. “Then, we circle the wagons. That’s how we survive, we circle the wagons.”
“The RINOs [Republicans in Name Only], the establishment, the permanent political class — they don’t care who wins an election as long as they are protected, their pocketbook, their power, their name tag that they get to wear with a big title on it. That is their motivation. To them politics is a business. They are in it for a season, not a reason. And their season all has to do with self-protection and financial gain,” she said.
“The rest of us — we don’t care about the money, we don’t care about the titles, the power, the offices. No, we’re busy living our lives and raising our families and running our businesses. And we just want the best for this exceptional nation. We do want it to be great again, and that is why so many of us jumped on the Trump train.”
Trump, Palin added, “is like this blue collar billionaire in touch with the people.”
LISTEN to the full interview below: