JANESVILLE, WI — Coming on the heels of her pivotal endorsement that helped propel Donald Trump to becoming the Republican nominee, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly is once again entering the 2016 electoral fray.
After ending the presidential ambitions of Sen. Marco Rubio, the living legend now has her 91-year-old sights set on the highly controversial House Speaker Paul Ryan, who leads America’s globalist political sect and is nominally a member of the Republican Party.
Ryan has faced a spirited challenge in his August 9th open primary election from Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen.
Nehlen has managed to significantly close the gap in polls despite virtually no national or local media coverage, sabotage by the state party, and an absence of Washington conservative media figures like Mark Levin, who has spent much of his recent time arguing against the use of Lincolnian tariffs.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Schlafly, a national conservative who has led the conservative movement for generations, called on the American people to “get rid” of Speaker Ryan.
Schlafly explained that Ryan has repeatedly demonstrated that he is “not really for America” and is “not for American citizens.”
“Get rid of him! We don’t want anybody who believes in open borders,” Schlafly told Breitbart. “Obviously Paul Ryan is not an ‘America first’ guy.”
Schlafly further explained that if Speaker Ryan cannot get in line with the majority of the American electorate on immigration, he “should resign”.
We should not “accept him as Speaker,” Schlafly added—noting that, given Ryan’s constant efforts to undermine his Party’s nominee, “it doesn’t sound like he is loyal to the Republican Party.”
Ryan has become a flashpoint in American politics for pushing a deeply divisive and ambitious agenda of national transformation via open borders, mass migration, and transnational trade deals that trim Congressional authority and threaten American workers.
Ryan has coupled these globalist policies with support for copious government spending, rolling back criminal sentencing penalties and surrendering through silence to various left-wing policy objectives— among them diversity training, affirmative action and race quotas.
Schlafly has been active in politics for more than one-quarter of all American history, and has attended every single Republican National Convention since 1952. Her seminal 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo, inspired a generation of conservatives and defined the battle lines between the Republican grassroots and the Party elites. Schlafly helped launch the conservative movement, create the pro-family agenda, and has led the fight against open borders trade and immigration policies.
The conservative heroine was also one of Trump’s earliest and most influential endorsements.
In a December 2015 sit-down with Breitbart News, Schlafly made the case for a President Trump— declaring that Trump is the America’s “only hope to defeat the Kingmakers”— i.e. a select group of cosmopolitan elites who control both major parties and historically determine the parties’ nominees.
“I endorsed him because it’s the right thing to do,” Schlafly now tells Breitbart, looking back on her decision. “[Trump] believes in America.”
However, Schlafly seems to suggest that Trump’s fight against the Kingmakers and the politicians who champion their agenda, is not yet finished.
In particular, Schlafly discussed the opposition Trump currently faces from members of his own party, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who represent the “America Last, donor class agenda” as opposed to Trump’s “America First” agenda, supported by the Republican electorate.
Paul Nehlen has said that “Ryan’s repeated betrayals of the GOP nominee is beneath the dignity of the Speakers’ office and is morally disqualifying.” Nehlen has warned that if re-elected, Speaker Ryan will continue to do everything in his power to sabotage and “thwart President Trump at every opportunity.”
Nehlen pointed specifically to Ryan efforts to push amnesty, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Obama-Ryan “jail break crime agenda.”
Indeed, just this week Ryan attacked Trump’s trade policies in front of a select group of 400 wealthy donors at a lavish Koch brothers retreat. Ryan said he wants to “repudiate” the views of Republican voters, who do not support Ryan and his donors’ trade agenda. Ryan seemed to suggest his efforts to do so will represent the “fight for the soul of our party and for our country”.
Schlafly explained that Ryan’s frequent statements, which serve to undercut Trump’s chances electoral success “shows he’s not for American citizens.”
“I don’t think we should accept him as Speaker,” Schlafly said. “We need a new leader in Congress who will represent the issues that Donald Trump ran on because they were the winning issues.”
In particular, Schlafly took objection to Ryan’s longstanding support for open borders trade and immigration policies.
As Breitbart News has previously reported, Ryan’s views on foreign migration, foreign trade, and foreign wars more closely align with the views of Hillary Clinton than they do with views of Donald Trump and the Republican electorate. Indeed, Sen. Tim Kaine has predicted that Speaker Ryan will be the key to passing a President Hillary Clinton’s agenda– including enacting the largest amnesty in U.S. history within her first 100 days in office.
While Pew data shows that 92% of the GOP electorate—and 83% of the American electorate overall— wants to see immigration levels frozen or reduced, Ryan has pushed to expand immigration into the United States.
In fact, Ryan has a two decade long history of pushing open borders immigration policies—dating back to his days as a Capitol Hill staffer when he worked to derail the bipartisan immigration curbs inspired by Civil Rights leader and late-Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
Ryan was also a part of the crusade in the mid-90s against California’s Prop 187, which would have cut off state benefits to illegal immigrants. Ryan was apparently adamant that illegals living in California ought have access to benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Speaker Ryan has previously explained that he believes the U.S. should import foreign labor to help corporations keep wages low.
NumbersUSA President Roy Beck has said that there “are an additional 10 million immigrants in the country” than there otherwise would be today as a direct result of Ryan’s work in the mid-90s. “Open borders seeps out of every pore of his being,” Beck has said. “Open borders is in his ideological DNA.”
Schlafly explained that the United States cannot be led by a Republican House Speaker who actively pushes policies that would undermine U.S. sovereignty:
Get rid of him! We don’t want anybody who believes in open borders. A country isn’t sovereign if we can’t control who comes in and whose allowed to come in. And if we’re a sovereign country, we need to have absolute control of who comes in… [For instance] the 1920s, we thought we ought to take [an immigration] pause.
Schlafly said that the U.S. ought to now similarly enact an immigration pause until the nation is able to get immigration under control. “We need a pause until we stop this inflow of illegal aliens coming in,” Schlafly explained.
“If [Paul Ryan] can’t get in line with majority of the electorate on the biggest issue [i.e. immigration], he should resign and we should get someone who fulfills the wishes and the hopes of the majority who just nominated Trump,” Schlafly said. “It doesn’t sound like he [Ryan] is loyal to the Republican Party. We need someone who is going to be a spokesman for the Republican Party and its nominee. And if Ryan doesn’t fill that bill, we should get another one.”
In recent months, Ryan has come under fire for his decision to protect his home and his family with a personal border fence, while indicating that he has no intention of bringing up legislation to fund similar protections for the American people. Ryan has previously explained that he believes America “is more than our borders.”
Schlafly said that politicians like Paul Ryan—and billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg—who advocate for open borders so long as the policy does not extend to their fenced estates are “a big bunch of hypocrites.”
“I think they’re a big bunch of hypocrites,” Schlafly said. “And I don’t think we ought to have all those people elected to office because they’re not really for America. And I think one of the reasons Trump was nominated was because he wants to put America first, and defend the interests of the United States.”
Schlafly noted that while Trump champions an “America first” agenda supported by the American people, Paul Ryan supports the “America Last” agenda of the donor class.
“Obviously Paul Ryan is not an ‘America first’ guy,” Schlafly said.
In particular, Schlafly rebuked Ryan’s controversial assertion that it is the job of a U.S. lawmaker to “put yourself in… [the] shoes” of foreign citizens such as “the gentleman from India who’s waiting for his green card.”
“That isn’t his job at all,” Schlafly said. “His job is to do what’s best for the United States of America and the people of the United States of America. This is our country and we have no obligation to people in other countries.”
“If he’s for the interests of the global party, which is the financial party, then he’s not for ‘America first’ and the American people voted for ‘America first,’” Schlafly explained.
There are a lot of wealthy people who would like globalism, who would like us to be in some kind of global community, and who want getting along with foreign countries to be their major goal. And I don’t think so. I think what the American people want and need should be our greatest goal.
Schlafly expressed particular concern about Ryan’s push for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which Schlafly said would put the U.S. on a similar trajectory of the European Union. As Jeff Sessions has explained, the TPP calls for the establishment of a global governing commission, a Pacific Union, which Sessions says would resemble a “nascent European Union.”
“We ought to be on guard against that,” Schlafly said, “because obviously the European Union was a failure. I remember when they went in, they all thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and it isn’t…I spent a year of my life fighting [George W. Bush’s] plan… to put us in, what was called, a ‘North American Union,’ which was to erase the borders between Canada, U.S. and Mexico. And we don’t want to erase our borders. We like them the way they are. And it’s a matter of sovereignty. It’s a matter of national identity and I’m for America first.”
Schlafly indicated that if the GOP were to follow Paul Ryan down the path of supporting the donor-class’ corporate agenda it would have meant the death of the Republican Party. Indeed, it was Paul Ryan’s failed 2012 campaign with Mitt Romney, that led Republican leaders and consultants to issue the GOP “autopsy report,” which took as one of its conclusions that the way Republicans ought to win elections is by embracing an immigration agenda that would import future voters who tend to overwhelmingly support Democrat policies.
However, Schlafly now says that she is hopeful about the future of the GOP because Trump will lead the Republican Party in a different direction than Paul Ryan– one that is in line with the wishes of “real Republicans” rather than the desires of Republican donors.
“He’s got the traditional values of real Republicans,” Schlafly said. “I don’t think the GOP is going to die, I think Trump is going to revive it.”