WATCH: Paul Ryan Can’t Explain Why Trump Shouldn’t Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
During an interview with NPR that aired Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men a “watershed moment in this country,” and said that Congress should “set high standards for ourselves so that we can be role models and set examples.”
Ryan called upon Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to resign immediately over several accusations of sexual harassment.
He then doubled down on his call on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to bow out of the race. Moore has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women, including some who said they were teenagers at the time.
“I believe those allegations are credible,” Ryan told NPR. But when asked whether that standard applied to President Donald Trump― who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen women and was infamously caught on tape bragging about groping― Ryan struggled to come up with an answer.
“I think the Roy Moore — I don’t know if — I’m focused on Congress,” Ryan said. “Roy Moore is trying to come to Congress. My job here as Speaker of the House is to help make sure that Congress is an institution that we’re proud of and that’s what I’m focused on. He’s running for Congress and I think the allegations against him were very very credible.”
He then wouldn’t directly respond to a question about whether Trump is being held to a high enough standard, instead referring to him as “a president who’s fighting for an agenda that will make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Talk about hypocrisy.
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