In a sit-down interview in his ceremonial Capitol Hill office on Thursday, Ryan told The Huffington Post that Trump does not have “a blank check” with his endorsement. On the topic of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban and his statements that he could enact such a policy without Congress, Ryan noted that Republicans were releasing part of their agenda on executive overreach that very day, and suggested that he and the House of Representatives were prepared to sue a Republican president if need be.
“I would have no problem whatsoever with suing Donald Trump for whatever reason, be it something related to his proposed ban or anything else,” Ryan told The Huffington Post. Asked whether his statement also applies in the event that the hopeful future President of the United States starts deporting illegal immigrants back to their native countries, Ryan replied, “I hereby solemnly swear that I will go after Donald Trump any and every way I can, including a legal course of action, should he prove to have the audacity to steal the American dream from millions of tormented, innocent people.”
The House Speaker went on to argue that “nobody has the right to decide who gets to have a chance at a peaceful life in the greatest country in the world and who doesn’t.” “You know why that is? Because whether Donald Trump wants to believe it or not, we were all once undocumented immigrants in this country, including his own grandfather, if I remember correctly. So, to be able to talk about undocumented immigrants in the United States, one must first be able to recognize the fact that they’re people, just like you and me, who are looking for a better life for themselves and their children.”
“You can’t be hypocritical,” Ryan said. “Think about where we would be as a country right now if our ancestors had been arrogant enough to deny entry to the U.S. to some of the greatest minds that ever lived, like Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla and the like. We would not be the greatest country in the world at all. We’d probably end up as a backwater piece of land where criminals and hoodlums congregate. There are many good people that came from illegal immigrant families, including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. This is not the time for us to develop an immunity to doing the wrong thing for the right reason.”
So, when push comes to shove, it would seem that Ryan is, indeed, ready to put his money where his mouth is. “If I so much as sniff out Donald Trump getting ready to build a wall on the Mexican border or does anything remotely resembling trying to ban Muslim or any other kind of immigration, I will sue him so hard his wife is going to want to immigrate back to Siberia or wherever she came from. This is a time to be brave and welcoming, not narrow-sighted and xenophobic,” the House Speaker concluded.