Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is up for reelection and his campaign to retake his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has become an unexpected battle ground in what NBC News called a proxy war between the Republican party establishment and its presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
The controversy has highlighted Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, a businessman now tangling with the current Speaker of the House. Nehlen is a Trump supporter who parrots many of Trump’s views, including a ban on Muslims in the U.S. — a position Ryan has shunned.
It’s also highlighted an unusually bitter aspect of the rivalry. Ryan has endorsed Trump, but Trump has refused to endorse Ryan.
This week, Nehlen was interviewed by Chicago’s Morning Answer where he criticized Ryan, saying he is helping Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Nehlen advanced Trump’s call for barring Muslims from entering the country with discussion of deporting U.S. citizens who are Muslim.
Nehlen told hosts Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson that he believes Sharia law is in opposition to the U.S. Constitution and that any Muslim who wishes to abide by it should be forced out of the country, regardless of citizenship.
“So are you suggesting we deport all of the Muslims in this country?” Proft asked.
“I’m suggesting we have a discussion about it, that’s for sure,” Nehlen answered. “Here’s what we should be doing. We should be monitoring every mosque. We should be monitoring all social media.”
Proft then pointed out it was unconstitutional to punish people for “thought crimes.” He then challenged Nehlen as to whether he wanted the central government to hold the power to prosecute people who have done nothing wrong but hold certain beliefs.
Nehlen admitted that he didn’t want that, and that “I don’t know the answer to this, I struggle with it, I really do. I’m a Christian.”
Listen to the entire interview, as posted to YouTube, here:
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.