Washington Post: Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton Could Strike Deals

Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan
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The Washington Post reports that there are many issues where “Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan could make a deal.”

Following Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump, the Washington Post seemed to suggest that there are several major issues on which Ryan appears to be more aligned with Hillary Clinton than he is with the presumptive GOP nominee.

Indeed, since issuing his tepid endorsement of Trump, Ryan has made repeated declarations in high-profile media appearances that would seem to undermine the Republican Party’s new standard-bearer.

“Paul Ryan doesn’t think he has a chance of achieving his ambitious conservative goals if Hillary Clinton is in the White House. That was a crucial reason that he offered his support to Donald Trump,” the Washington Post writes. Yet “there are good reasons to think that Clinton and Ryan might be able to reach compromises if she is elected. There are at least five major areas in which she and the speaker could find common ground.”

“Criminal justice” is one of the five major issues highlighted by the Washington Post.

Paul Ryan has championed proposals that would slash sentences for convicted felons and release them from prison early. The Post notes that the Ryan-championed House bill won praise from liberal activists.

The Clinton-Ryan crime agenda stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s pro-police, “tough-on-crime stance.” As the Washington Post writes:

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, by contrast, has taken a tough-on-crime stance, saying that protesters in the Black Lives Matter movement are “looking for trouble” and calling police “the most mistreated people in this country.

The Washington Post reports that Ryan and Clinton could similarly strike a deal on foreign trade — noting that both have previously expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the past.

“Ryan supports the [TPP] deal — he has called it ‘very important’ for U.S. influence in the global economy,” the Washington Post writes. Hillary Clinton “has not ruled out the possibility of pursuing additional agreements if she is elected president.”

The Ryan-Clinton trade agenda is at odds with Trump’s “America first” trade agenda.

“Especially in contrast to Trump’s more forceful rhetoric, [Clinton’s] careful remarks,” on trade suggest that “she and Ryan might be able to work together on international trade,” the Washington Post writes.

Ryan and Clinton could also perhaps find areas of agreement on the need for a more hawkish foreign policy.

The Washington Post writes:

Whatever strategy he [Ryan] and his colleagues present will reflect the hawkish inclinations of many House Republicans, which are at odds with the isolationism of their party’s presumptive nominee … Clinton will have her differences with GOP hawks … Yet she has been more willing to use military force than her former boss — she favors military intervention in Syria — and it seems that she and Republican lawmakers could work together on foreign affairs. Already, some leading GOP experts on foreign policy have said they’re supporting her, including Max Boot, who has advised Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

By contrast, Donald Trump has pledged that “We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world…”

On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy. The jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority … We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down and will never enter into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

Unsurprisingly for the Washington Post, the reporter fails to mention the deals Clinton and Ryan could strike on immigration. As Breitbart News has previously reported, Ryan holds functionally the same position as Hillary Clinton in supporting more foreign migration.

As NumbersUSA president Roy Beck has explained, “Open borders is in his [Paul Ryan’s] ideological DNA … He’s an ideologue and has spent his whole life working for ideologues. Open borders seeps out of every pore of his being … Ryan is the heart and soul of crony capitalism.”

Dating back to his time as a Capitol Hill staffer in the mid-90s, Ryan was part of the effort to derail the bipartisan immigration curbs inspired by Civil Rights leader and late-Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Both Ryan and Hillary Clinton supported the failed McCain-Kennedy 2007 amnesty plan as well as the 2013 amnesty agenda.

Unlike Trump, both Ryan and Clinton have supported continuing — and even expanding — Muslim migration into the United States.

Clinton has described Trump’s call for a temporary pause on Muslim migration as “contrary to our values.”

Seemingly echoing Clinton, Ryan has said that Trump’s proposal is “not reflective of our principles.”

Neither Clinton nor Ryan have explained why importing hundreds of thousands of migrants from nations that hold sentiments that are anti-women, anti-gay, anti-religious tolerance, and anti-America benefits the United States or helps to protect our Western values.


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