At a lunch for 25 reporters hosted today by the Never Trump News, excuse me, the Wall Street Journal, Ryan said Trump is a conservative, just not his kind.
I come from a different part and wing of the party. I think he is a conservative. There are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure.Yes there are different brands of conservatives and the neocons are relatively a new brand that is very post-Reagan.
Protective tariffs are classic conservative. Republican presidents from Lincoln to Reagan protected American industry using them.
As for intervention, Republicans long opposed entering European wars, including World War I. It was not until the liberal Wendell Wilkie received the nomination in 1940 (he had been a Democrat until 1939) that Republicans
America first -- which included staying out of World War II -- was a conservative movement. The idea that we must shove national interests aside in favor of globalism is a post-Reagan invention that frankly is liberal.
Ryan seems to view conservatism narrowly. He told the reporters:
I think he is a conservative because of his experiences, but is he what we refer to as a movement conservative? ... No, because he didn’t come up that way. I know a lot of business leaders who are conservatives, who arrive at their conservatism through their own path in life, not through studying the classics of conservatism.Trump's life experiences are something absent from DC conservatism. This explains why they missed the Trump Train when so many of us knew it was inevitable last year.
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