He used to call out Trump’s racist comments. Now he doesn’t.

On June 2, 2016, Donald Trump, then the presumptive Republican nominee for president, told the Wall Street Journal that he didn’t think Judge Gonzalo Curiel could oversee two lawsuits targeting Trump University. Curiel is “of Mexican heritage,” Trump noted. “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was outraged. “I regret those comments that he made,” Ryan told reporters. “I don’t think — claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

On January 11, 2018, during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators on immigration, now-President Trump asked, of Haiti, El Salvador, and a number of African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

If the Curiel remarks were “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” it is hard to argue how this is not. If anything, it’s more overtly and grotesquely bigoted.

Paul Ryan did not call the remarks racist. He did not call them unacceptable. Instead, he declared that saying black and brown people come from “shitholes” is “very unfortunate, unhelpful.” Today, apparently, textbook racist remarks are merely inconvenient, counterproductive.

It’s not an original observation to note that Paul Ryan has degraded himself in service of Donald Trump. Nor is it reasonable to suggest that the 2016 Paul Ryan, the Paul Ryan who could call Trump a racist when Trump said something racist, was somehow truly resisting Trump.

In the same press conference where he condemned Trump, Ryan was sure to add, “Do I believe that Hillary Clinton is the answer? No, I do not,” and that Republicans “have more likelihood Read More Here