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A Close Read of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s Joint Unity Statement

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Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan met this morning on Capitol Hill to discuss the terms of Paul Ryan’s caving. Camera crews descended on the Republicans’ go-to haunt for extracurricular politicking, the Capitol Hill Club, to snag hot footage of the building’s exterior and some alleys. When the meeting was over, a bunch of cars drove off, and in their wake was left a joint Trump-Ryan statement. Let’s comb through it.

The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents.


This is the part where Ryan states that a Hillary Clinton administration is unacceptable, which means he would prefer that Clinton’s competitor, Donald Trump, become president instead.

That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.


Here Ryan says that he wants Republicans to win this fall. Since Trump will be the Republican nominee, this means that he wants Trump to win this fall, which means he supports Trump’s candidacy.

While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground.

They agree on more than they disagree, which is why Ryan will support Trump over Clinton, with whom Ryan disagrees more than he agrees.


We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.

Here Ryan says that he is “totally committed” to achieving the goal of winning this fall. Since Trump is the candidate, this means that he wants Trump to win the presidential election this fall.

We are extremely proud of the fact that millions of new voters have entered the primary system, far more than ever before in the Republican Party’s history.

This is Trump’s contribution to the statement.

This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step towards unification.

It’s just a logistical matter of working out the sequence of photo ops and finessing the talking points.

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