Donald Trump’s Wall Has a Powerful (and Surprising) New Champion

For good reason, President Trump’s supporters have been extremely skeptical about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seeming embrace of the man he famously took a long, long time to finally endorse in the campaign last year. Ryan has earned some well-deserved enemies in the conservative movement for his repeated failures to keep the yearly budget under control, his surrender to many of the left’s inane social justice theories, and his soft stance on illegal immigration. But if his new video is any indication, he’s either had a change of heart or he at least recognizes which way the wind is blowing. Either way, we have to commend him for getting on board.

In a 30-second video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Ryan issued a call for the Senate to allocate the needed funding to finally make good on President Trump’s most visible campaign promise. “It is time for The Wall,” said the Wisconsin Republican.

In an accompanying statement released on the official House Speaker website, spokesman Caleb Smith said, “It’s time for The Wall. That’s why the House voted to fully fund the Trump administration’s request to build it.”

“I had the opportunity to travel down to Texas and to go to the Rio Grande Valley and spend time with our Border Patrol,” Ryan says in the new video. “When you see what they’re up against, it really gives you even greater respect for what they do. They clearly need more tools and more support to do their jobs effectively. That’s why we’re going to get this done this week.”

Ryan’s video isn’t just rhetoric. Last week, the House approved a spending bill that included $1.6 billion for the border all across the U.S.-Mexico border. And while that won’t be nearly enough to construct the kind of glorious barrier promised by the president on the campaign trail, it’s a move in the right direction.

Unfortunately, the bill is going to be met with stiff resistance in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to fight tooth and nail to prevent even a single federal dollar from going to build the wall. Sadly, there are still a few Republicans on that side of Congress who are also skeptical about the need for the wall. So we could see this issue fall by the wayside if the president’s supporters don’t make enough noise in the meantime.

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  1. Malcolm Davidson

    Not sure what I think about Ryan. I tend to be skeptical, due to the fact that he is a professional politician. Can’t trust most of them.

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    • As you point out, Ryan is a professional politician and he’s seeing some really negative impact on his standing in WI. I don’t think that he has done anything more than stick his finger in the wind to see which way the wind is blowing and is scrambling to save his ass. As far as trusting pro politicos, you cant trust any of them.

    • I agree with you about Ryan. If he truly believes it’s time for the wall, the proof will be in the puddin. I’m not talking about just the 1.6 billion but the entire cost of the wall. The money we save from housing, medical, crime and lives saved plus the cost to educate and incarcerate these illegal aliens will more then pay for the wall in its entirety.

      • It cost taxpayers 300 billion last year to support the illegals in this country. We can bus them back across the border a lot cheaper than that. They don’t new a sit in first class on an airliner like obama was giving them to get back to the border.

    • He has a fence around his home, Clooney, Zuckleburg and others have fences, they are a bunch of two-faced jerks!

    • I think Ryan realizes Trump is here to stay. It didn’t look that way at first and Ryan had to protect himself. Trump has took everything the democrats have thrown at him so far this Russian thing will play out in the next 6 months or at least till the midterm elections if we can keep control of congress and the senate then Trump can get on with making America great again. If not the fight goes on

  2. Democrats fighting tooth and nail to keep a single federal dollar from funding what the vast majority of Americans are vehemently for, despite their bought and paid for media’s constant, obvious efforts to make it appear otherwise. While having no problem whatsoever squandering our tax dollars and endangering our military to provide unnecessary, extremely expensive prolonged medical treatment to a handful of mentally ill people with severe emotional problems they insist would not be an undo burden they want to forcibly impose on our troops in the field. It’s this kind of belligerent disregard for reality, common sense and what actual Americans want to pander to a few fringe lunatics that have caused them to lose most of their power.
    Let’s hope they keep it up. The sooner their sick ideology fades into the oblivion it so richly deserves the better.

    • I agree, however, liberals like Obama do not give a poop as to how much they can secretly pee away in spending, either does the liberals. Your thinking love of nation and the future of children,mother thinking self interest over nation. Second liberals and minorities must always, always be the victims that way you owe them even if you or your family in past generations had or have nothing to do with their situation. Look even Obama millions and millions of secretly smuggled in illegals believe they are entitled to stuff you should pay for, or future generations must bear the burden of debt. Foreign billionaire nationals control our lying media and newspapers, open borders means death to America, yet they do not give a shit. When the money runs out, the people we fear that demand free stuff,mill be in the streets killing us. To be part of the new world order Obama must destroy this nation first economically. The democrats simply use our tax dollars to buy votes and stay in power. Congress is corrupt and we are powerless. Trump is honest and has no place in the country obama created.

      • The saddest part of this, as I see it, is that members of Trump’s own party are cowardly RINO’S, and they do not support him to fight the Demoncrats!

      • Well said…..and very true!

        • I agree. And Susan Short, you are correct too. Yes Trump is outlandish, yes he is crude and YES, he is CHANGING things. WE, needed him. He knows what he is doing.

          • We also need to help him and give him encouragement because he is hit all the time with negativity. WhiteHouse.gov Click top R corner to contact!

            I e-mailed him yesterday to get rid of McMaster because he does not support him on anything and for some of the things he has done recently-took up for Susan Rice and an employee (Rich Higgens) was fired for a report describing supposed domestic & international threats to Trumps presidency including globalist, bankers, the deep state and Islamist. He described in detail what was happening. It sounded correct if you pay attention what has been happening. McMaster said it was bizarre and conspiratorial. Rich Higgens was a new employee and I think hired by Trump at the NSA.

          • I did this too – told Trump to fire McMaster. I bet he was the leaker too on that meeting Trump had at WH with Russian leader (McMaster was present!). Higgens was a good man and should not of been fired. I read there are other Trump supporters McMaster is firing but NOT Obama holdovers! He has go to go.

          • It takes a strong person to not get discouraged with all the people fighting against everything you do. None of us knew that it was this bad! The rallies help to boost moral, it is good to see thousands showing up!

          • I totally agree. The rallies are good for Trump AND all his supporters moral. Trump did say it was going to be a tough road ahead – but I don’t think he expected all these Dems AND RINOS working so hard against him. I don’t think he ever guessed there would be so many traitors in his own party! You heard about McMaster – sounds like he is on the wrong side too and so now Trump has to do something with him. It never ends – we all need to pray for Trump, but also to spread the word about the lies coming from the left and come out and support him every chance we get. Another thing we can do, is email, tweet, fax, call our congressman and senators and tell them to support Trump or else!!

          • KITTY, PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST GET RID OF ALL THE OBAMA THUG HOLDOVERS IMMEDIATELY. THEY ARE OF NO USE TO HIM OR WE, THE PEOPLE!

          • AWESOME jaybird… Yes, WE have to let him know WE support him and not let these PUNKS ASS islambist jerks get over on us… Give them HELL in the towns around the USA. It’s OUR JOB.

          • Spread the word and WH e-mail address! Thanks!

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          • Agreed. McMaster has to GO!!

          • The very fact that President Trump ( that phrase is still driving the liberturds nuts—isnt it great! ) IS “outlandish”, “plain spoken”, “politically incorrect”, “says what he means and means what he says” , is actually “Patriotic” and IS NOT a “professional politician” is why the American people ( those who were fed up with the B.S. coming out of D.C. ) voted him in to be POTUS. This has “shocked” and “pissed off” the “Political Establishment” and they have declared a political war on President Trump. By doing so,they have also declared war on everyone who supports Pres.Trump. So be it. If they want a war, then the “Trump Train” is filled with folks who actually know how to fight one and they are armed and ready. I don’t think the liberturds and RINOs are cognizant of that little fact.

          • I totally agree with you William Glass, because we have lived through a few “not wars” like Viet Nam, we are the ones with the brains, common sense, and arms. I won’t give up my guns and neither will the other Vets. We will be the ones they have to come against and it won’t be flowers and rainbows. They have raised a nation of pansies, and it’s time for the REAL people to stand up and say enough is enough.

          • Amen to all of your comments on this subject. We agree and I think they will wish they hadn’t seen daylight when the action begins. They could have stopped it, but all they did was keep up the trash talk and actions.

          • 2 days ago
            A psychological analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key traits about them

            Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wait for him to speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on January 18, 2016 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
            The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only focus on Trump himself, but also on his uniquely loyal supporters. Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks.

            Although analyses and studies by psychologists and neuroscientists have provided many thought-provoking explanations for his enduring support, the accounts of different experts often vary greatly, sometimes overlapping and other times conflicting. However insightful these critiques may be, it is apparent that more research and examination is needed to hone in on the exact psychological and social factors underlying this peculiar human behavior.

            In a recent review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew argues that five major psychological phenomena can help explain this exceptional political event.

            1. Authoritarian Personality Syndrome

            Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others. Authoritarian personality syndrome—a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition—is a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority. Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward outgroup members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.

            Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right-wing around the world. President Trump’s speeches, which are laced with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those with the syndrome.

            While research showed that Republican voters in the U.S. scored higher than Democrats on measures of authoritarianism before Trump emerged on the political scene, a 2016 Politico survey found that high authoritarians greatly favored then-candidate Trump, which led to a correct prediction that he would win the election, despite the polls saying otherwise.

            2. Social dominance orientation

            Social dominance orientation (SDO)—which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome—refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

            In Trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (immigrants and minorities).

            A 2016 survey study of 406 American adults published this year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were those who intended to vote for Trump in the election.

            3. Prejudice

            It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that many do not. It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “dog whistles”—code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.

            While the dog whistles of the past were more subtle, Trump’s are sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a new study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

            4. Intergroup contact

            Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.

            5. Relative deprivation

            Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

            Common explanations for Trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. There is no doubt that some Trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, which is certainly understandable, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers are actually being lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.

            These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to. For example, an analysis conducted by FiveThirtyEight estimated that the median annual income of Trump supporters was $72,000.

            If such data is accurate, the portrayal of most Trump supporters as “working class” citizens rebelling against Republican elites may be more myth than fact.

            Bobby Azarian is a science writer with a PhD in neuroscience. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping, and he has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and others. Follow him on twitter @BobbyAzarian.

          • “Bobby Azarian is a science writer with a PhD in neuroscience”. And just another self-important academic with oodles of “book learnin” but little “common sense”. Publishing in any of the mentioned papers and journals is of value only to other academics showing they know very little if anything about “human nature” the very failure of that subject which made it possible for Trump to win in 2016. Liberals just love showing off all of their academic medals to other academics, but in real life who cares? That just proves they spent lots of money to be indoctrinated by other liberal academics. You know the jobs program for liberals we call our education system.

          • so when you have a serious medical problem you don’t consult a medical doctor you go to the first person with common sense…good luck with that.

          • So basically you read an ‘article’ by a liberal college professor smugly accusing millions and millions of people of exactly what ails liberals, because every single one of you can be counted on to do that, and just swallowed it whole. Know what’s more myth than fact, scratch that, know what never even approaches fact? Useless liberal college professors who live in the bubble of academia, never emerge into the real world, are just as smug and arrogant as your garden variety liberal and have to much time on their hands to think up nonsense like this because in the current educational climate created by liberals it doesn’t take much to indoctrinate the younger generation, just the extreme social dominance and authoritarian personality syndrome which forces these poor kids to parrot the liberal party line whether they believe it or not just to avoid the lunatic, foaming at the mouth hatred these people display anytime someone attempts to have an unapproved, original thought.
            Millions love Trump because he’s the first leader in eight long years who isn’t always smugly condemning this nation and attempting to divide it for his own personal gain, it’s that simple.

          • You are avoiding the issue and my question-

            so when you have a serious medical problem do you consult a medical doctor or go to the first person with common sense?

          • Both, which leaves liberal college professors out entirely. Just give up already, you’re like a dimwitted child who believes the moon really is made of cheese arguing with adults. Go color or take a nap or make Playdoh peace signs or something.

          • Yes delicate little flower and you stay in your cloistered echo chamber avoiding any enlightenment.

          • Sooo, who says YOU’RE enlightened? Spewing the ‘non-common sense line’ of the liberal establishment, where the hell is YOUR common sense?

          • It’s not about me . It’s about you.

          • It all depends. If one does not possess “common sense”, then it’s logical they fall on a medical doctor who will do the bidding of ‘big pharmaceutical ‘. On the other hand, if one has common sense, then they can self determine whether or not they even need to consult a medical doctor, right?

          • Really? Get a frickin clue!

          • Are you Natalie’s attorney? Can’t you let her speak for herself?

          • Rich, take your political correctness crap and cram it where the sun ‘don’t’ shine?

          • Rich Girod, in my opinion, you ARE a moron!

          • science fiction writer maybe..

          • He is truthful too, and I believe loves America.

          • I agree. Let him run with it, he is no dummy, he is on things. just wait for him to lower the boommmmmm

      • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

        THESE SO CALLED IDIOTS DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT NONE OF US. THEY ARE NONE AMERICANS .

        • They all live wonderfully off of your non-liable tax dollars. Stop paying the IRS what you have never owed and be the free American that the great Constitution guarantees you, namely Article 1, section 2, clause 3, section 9, clause 4. All taxpayers pay by privilege. Are you exercising a privilege under the Federal Government?

      • We are not powerless. We have the power to vote like we just did for President Trump. Problem is that takes time that we don’t have. They can do too much to us in that time and waste more of our money. We have to vote out the bad ones next election. Anyone not doing right for this great nation.
        We have to figure out a way for the little man (to the government) to be able to join in a large movement to Washington DC to tell congress you work for us and this is what we want and what you are going to do. Many people believe the right way , but can’t afford to go to Washington DC in person.

        • Yes you are exactly. Start with Flake, he is up for re-election in AZ – he is a RINO and is going around on MSM and bashing Trump – he wrote a book too he is promoting that puts down Trump administration!!! He MUST be voted out. There are others of course, but we need to have patriots run against them – because if you do not vote for the RINO we will get the Demorat – unless we have a true patriot Republican running.

          • Hopefully the Patriots will step up and run against the Rino’s. People need to get involved in their local Republican parties to choose who you want to run. Spread the word that you are unhappy with your representatives.

          • Most RINOs are kept in office by the democrat party because they tell their useful idiots to vote for the RINO. This goes on all the time and I know it sounds counterintuitive. But A RINO is more valuable.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Dr Kelli Ward is running against Flake and is a solid conservative by her voting record in our state legislature; she tried taking on McCain last time around, but Soros money bought his seat again. If you can support her and live in AZ to vote for her, she would be a good choice instead!

          • I pushed for her when she ran against McCain, I think I donated to her campaign and I live in Virginia.

          • sandraleesmith46

            This time she’s going after Flake’s seat!

          • I read that. I did not know a lot about Flake, some posters on another site lived in AZ and could not stand him.

            I have seen enough of him lately that I understand what they mean. Hope he loses.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Think McCain “clone”!

          • Conservatives need to really understand the consequences of cross-over voting. The democrat party actually prefers a RINO over their own democrat candidate because with a RINO they get two benefits. First they get the liberal vote but they also obtain political intelligence by having a mole inside all of the republican meetings, conferences and strategy sessions. So they know what the republicans are planning.

          • Soros money paid for advertising etc, but it did not cast any votes. I have studied voting patterns for years and one thing shows up time after time. When a Republican candidate is labeled a RINO and they fall behind with two weeks before the election, especially the primary or the actual election, and they win by double digits it is a sign of massive cross-over voting. That was the case for the McCain vs Ward primary. The same thing appears again in Mississippi with incumbent RINO Thad Cochran. In his case Haley Barbour, a former RNC chairman was reported to have people out “paying $$” to democrats to vote for Cochran in order to keep the RINO Cochran in office. This is also why Paul Ryan of Wisconsin keeps winning. He has tremendous conservative vote opposition but the cross-over democrat votes always bail him out.

          • sandraleesmith46

            It buys those crossover voters, just like it buys the rioters that show up in places like Ferguson and Baltimore.

      • They all want the children of illegals to stay most are being born here and are citizens by law. But what they have not realized is it your children that will be applying for the same job these children of illegals will be applying for and you can bet democrats will have a law by then to make sure the children of illegals get that job. After all the dems know the more illegals they can get into the u.s.the more voters they will have.

        • Economically it will destroy the nation and increase deaths by dangerous illegals and those carrying diseases.
          Our lives do
          Not matter only getting liberals elected means more.

          • The younger uneducated Mexicans turn to gangs here in houston Mexican’s have taken all construction jobs. The city by population is 3/4 Hispanic and growing each day. A Hispanic friend took my in an old neighborhood he said he knew most of the people there and every house here was bought with drug money. They get paid 2 to 5 thousand to bring small amounts of drugs back when they go to mexico. They don’t even have to cross the border

      • Truer words were ever spoken!

      • Carol Juliano Popp

        Everyone I talk to agrees with what you are saying and so do I. New World Order must be stopped at all costs. Soros owns Obama, Clintons and their minions. They will do ANYTHING to ruin this country. They want OUR country run by the U.N., an organization of elitists who hate the US. We must see that it does not happen. Build the damn wall.

    • The liberals know that if illegal immigration is stopped, and illegal voting is gotten under control, the Demoncrats are out of business! They may as well close up shop and go home then, so they NEED illegal immigration in order to survive, politically!

      • “PERFECT” Susan Short. This is the REAL reason for their support of ILLEGALS. This is why WE, the PEOPLE have to take on the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION problem too.

    • Time for bus rides to DC and to the demos homes and let them know who is in charge if they want to keep their jobs, excuse me not jobs but free pay and benefits that they don’t deserve for not working.

    • Read about yourself-

      2 days ago
      A psychological analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key traits about them

      Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wait for him to speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on January 18, 2016 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
      The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only focus on Trump himself, but also on his uniquely loyal supporters. Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks.

      Although analyses and studies by psychologists and neuroscientists have provided many thought-provoking explanations for his enduring support, the accounts of different experts often vary greatly, sometimes overlapping and other times conflicting. However insightful these critiques may be, it is apparent that more research and examination is needed to hone in on the exact psychological and social factors underlying this peculiar human behavior.

      In a recent review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew argues that five major psychological phenomena can help explain this exceptional political event.

      1. Authoritarian Personality Syndrome

      Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others. Authoritarian personality syndrome—a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition—is a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority. Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward outgroup members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.

      Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right-wing around the world. President Trump’s speeches, which are laced with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those with the syndrome.

      While research showed that Republican voters in the U.S. scored higher than Democrats on measures of authoritarianism before Trump emerged on the political scene, a 2016 Politico survey found that high authoritarians greatly favored then-candidate Trump, which led to a correct prediction that he would win the election, despite the polls saying otherwise.

      2. Social dominance orientation

      Social dominance orientation (SDO)—which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome—refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

      In Trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (immigrants and minorities).

      A 2016 survey study of 406 American adults published this year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were those who intended to vote for Trump in the election.

      3. Prejudice

      It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that many do not. It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “dog whistles”—code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.

      While the dog whistles of the past were more subtle, Trump’s are sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a new study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

      4. Intergroup contact

      Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.

      5. Relative deprivation

      Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

      Common explanations for Trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. There is no doubt that some Trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, which is certainly understandable, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers are actually being lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.

      These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to. For example, an analysis conducted by FiveThirtyEight estimated that the median annual income of Trump supporters was $72,000.

      If such data is accurate, the portrayal of most Trump supporters as “working class” citizens rebelling against Republican elites may be more myth than fact.

      Bobby Azarian is a science writer with a PhD in neuroscience. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping, and he has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and others. Follow him on twitter @BobbyAzarian.

    • Democrats are the old Communist Party of America pure and simple. As such their only goal is to destroy our democratic republic form of government. They oppose capitalism, they oppose the military, they oppose law enforcement, they oppose the Constitution. How the hell can they be allowed to continue to walk our streets as free people? Subversion, sedition and anarchy are against our existing laws. Why are they allowed to exist?

    • Yep! Let’s PRAY the democrats keep it up, for they are the party of death, destruction, deceit, perversion, ungodliness, obstruction, delay, no and he!! NO!!!!

  3. The Left has more tricks up their sleeves, than hairs off a shedding dog…

    NO LONGER Trust, VERIFY….

  4. Ryan is the typical corrupt politician who leans in the direction of whatever way the wind blows. He has seen how low are his polls. He also reads the blogs and find that most people dislike him very much. He had better wise up and shape up or he will be a has-been.

  5. Paul Ryan knows very well that the democrats and the Rino’s in the Senate are not going to vote for anything that President Trump attempts to implement. He is playing the game that; I want the wall knowing full well the Senate will fight it all the way. Look back when President won the nomination and remember when he stood beside President Trump embracing him and smiling looking like a white Obama. Then just how long until he began to stab President in the back. I would not trust him as far as I could pick up the White House and move its location.

  6. Build the wall, deport them all. Deport the treasonous college administrations that promote racial diversity. That diversity is only a disguise of inglorious nobility of their party. In other words, diversity means the democrats can invoke racial hate as their noble cause, for which they do nothing but promote more hate.

    • Just read that my Demorat Governor is forming a group of University/College Presidents to figure out how to get students involved in local government and organizations. If they succeed, it will change our country. I have heard that other Demorat Governor’s are doing the same thing.

      We need to support the Young College Republicans clubs and get involved in our local School Boards and other organizations. Most college have these clubs and need donations.

  7. I don’t trust Ryan at all! I say, start building that wall, TODAY, and tell the liberals to shut the fuxk up! They’re not in charge anymore!

    • Unfortunately they are still in charge. Until we can remove these sick RINO’s, all of them, the demonrats will still be in charge. I’ve even heard some of these RINO’s are thinking of switching to the demonrat side. Of course if they do, it would only last until the next election. And if they do, they can’t do any more damage then they are already doing because it won’t give them a super majority. They won’t have the votes to override a Trump veto.

      • The West Virginia Governor is switching to Republican Party, maybe their Democrat Representative that has been supporting Trump will do it also.

  8. Paul RYAN is ‘NOW” starting to support the President……….WHY? Because he doesn’t want to lose his seat in Congress.
    He is GOING to be primaried !
    This PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN wants to be a SENATOR…………….Those are his Goals.
    RYAN has NEVER EVER had a JOB in the Private SECTOR.

    • All politicians should be required to serve in the military and have at least 6 years in the work force and I don’t mean behind a desk, before they are allowed to run for a government office. They need experience in working and not in ripping people off

  9. Americans want a wall.Ryan is wishy washy about everything because he is a professional politician.

  10. According to Democrats who continue to sneer at our Constitution and American culture, it’s fine to spend vast
    sums of federal money on many “assistants” for Michelle Obama, lavish vacations for the whole Obama family,
    all sorts of government aid to illegals (a.k.a. undocumented workers…) and so on, but no funding should go to
    building the wall that will protect our country from hordes of criminals, including the Mexican drug dealers who
    prey on our citizenry. Talk about twisted priorities! BTW, I recall that former FLOTUS Laura Bush had ONE
    assistant, unlike the arrogant Mrs. Obama who relished extravagance that “stuck it to” taxpayers.

  11. Statesman Patriot

    Build the wall with the money sanctuary cities have been getting. And confiscate the money being sent back to Mexico by the illegals. It is ill gotten booty that should be taken under Asset forfeiture laws. They work illegally, use our welfare system to live on, most don’t pay taxes, other than sales tax, and then send their earnings to Mexico. It is illegal money, period!

    • We all need to copy what you just said and send it to our President, our reps in Washington and everyone else that we can think of. I believe that I will do it. Thank you for an excellent post.

  12. wish every congressman against the wall had to come and live at least 2 months right on the border like the ranchers and people on it have to live.

  13. Natalie, you hit the mark perfectly!
    The masses of American people who voted Pres. TRUMP into office, also voted to build that WALL! I don’t care what any crazed lunatic Leftist wants!

    Our Nation was made almost completely defenseless because an inept arrogant Black man, afraid of his own shadow, decided to reduce our military weaponry AND personnel – and then allowed a “Leftist’s CREATION subculture” into our Military to weaken the personnel and cause discord.

    AREN’T YOU SANE PEOPLE TIRED OF DEALING WITH THESE MENTALLY/EMOTIONALLY INEPT LOSERS TRYING TO DESTROY OUR NATION? I SURE AM!! It’s time WE SANE SUPPORT TOTALLY OUR PRESIDENT’S EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!

    If you know of a Contractor business willing to build that WALL, contact them AND President Trump to arrange a meeting! Let’s get this WALL BUILT! The whiney democrats can cry all they want, but the REAL PATRIOTIC AMERICANS ARE DONE WITH THEIR BITCHING AND WHINING!

    ★★★ Let’s help P.T. get this WALL built even if we have to build it ourselves!!★★★

  14. The long standing problem that liberal democrats have is their ability to ignore the will of the people and to force their will on the people. They love to spend tax dollars on pet projects that line their pockets and have no benefits for this nation while adding trillions to our national debt. Look at the eight years the democrats ran DC, double our national debt and how did any of that debt benefit the people of this nation? Better schools? No, Stronger military? No. More jobs? No, in fact less jobs and more illegals filling the ones there are. Better roads and etc.? No. In fact our nation has gone down hill in the last eight years or more and we, the people, have allowed it. Time to vote out the socialist in congress, be they democrats or republicans and put real reforms on welfare in all its many forms so that it is no longer a life style nor an invitation to illegals. Time for term limits and for congress to live by the same laws they force on us and social security, medicare, and those who are not retirement age, good old Obamacare. No more cushy retirements and benefits. Time all Americans are equal. No more elites in DC.

  15. If every American gave $10.00 for the wall to be built there would be plenty of money.

  16. Ryan is just a Liberal in Republican’s clothing. He just wants it to appear that he is supporting the wall when he knows that the Senate will in all likelihood never pass it. It is nothing more than a “Show Vote”. In reality Ryan is just another “Never Trumper” and a moron who will do his best to destroy Trump’s agenda from behind the scenes.

  17. Gee, Speaker RINO, I mean Ryan, must be up for re-election soon. It’s scary to have a RINO suddenly agree with you, just like having a Demon-Crap agree with you, you have to wonder what you did wrong.

  18. Ryan is one of the few RHINOs who has figured out that we are going to primary out all RHINOs in 2018.

  19. Democrats are a bunch of worthless cretinous slime. Rinos are not far behind.

  20. In 2018 when these Congressmen and Senators in the Republican Party who are not showing support for Mr. Trump today-will not be there even from the primary the Republican-another Person from the Republican party. to run in the primary for election of a Republican person who will abide by the electors vote –as to Obama care and taxes reduction–as wanted by the American People–which the Republicans members are not doing as they were elected to do for the country.

  21. sandraleesmith46

    Unfortunately 2 of the Senators in question are from AZ; those 2 clowns have pushed amnesty for years despite the fact that WE here do NOT want it!

  22. Ok boys and girls, why don’t we set up a site. The American Party. Those in support of MAGA, Trump, and the rule of law can join. We could put a counter to see our numbers grow. I would love to do this but my finances are not there.

  23. “Democrats fight tooth and nail against every Trump’s and Republicans’ step. They don’t need even know what it is, but fiercely oppose. That is their sabotage. They are still insane in revenge to Trump for his big will the election. “Democrats” are the main trouble of america (not N.Korea)

  24. Democrat’s don’t care about the safety of the U.S. and Republican Senator’s don’t have a single brain cell between them so I am very skeptical about their ability to build the wall. But don’t blame Donald Trump for that failure it is all on the Congress the real Lazy Boy winner’s who’s approval rating is far, far below Trumps.

  25. It’s about time Ryan stood up and did the right thing. Also, it’s not about the illegal immigrants only. It’s about drug smugglers and terrorists. In fact, Trump should ask the Demonrats why they are in favor of killing our children with drugs. Or why they want terrorists to come here and kill our children with guns and bombs. Let’s see their answer to that.

  26. “Git-er-dun!”

  27. Democrats would rather spend that money for social programs to help illegal aliens.

  28. KASICH AND RYAN OPPOSED TRUMP CAMPAIGN BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM THE FREE TOASTERS.

    THE COMMUNIST PRESS AND THE COMMUNIST POLLS, LIE.LIE.LIE.
    30 PERCENT OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS COMMUNIST. 30 PERCENT OF THE RINO RATS ARE DEMOCRATS. MCCAIN AND COLLINS AND TEABOY LINSEED GRAHAM CRACKER.
    TRUMP RALLY TO HIT 2200 DJ.ON THE WAY TO 2300.

    YOU CANNOT COUNT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THEY ARE LIARS LOUTS AND LAZY BS ARTISTS. BUILD THE TRUMP PARTY BECOME A TRUMPETEER.HE IS THE ONLY ONE WORKING. SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY RADIO SHOW.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-boWmJelXaw

    https://youtu.be/hGthgVd3i0E

    FLAG BURNERS OF RECORD

    MCCAIN SOLD OUT TO CHUCK SCHUMER. HE SHOULD RETIRE AND TAKE HIS TEA BOY WITH HIM LINDSEED GRAHAM CRACKER. THE CAN OPEN A TED KENNEDY SOUVENIR SHIP. HEY JOHN I’LL TAKE THE BRIDGE AND THE 59 OLDS WITH 9 HOURS OF AIR LEFT IN 9 FT OF WATER.

    TWO PARTY’S ARE HAVING CONVENTIONS IN THE SAME TOWN. A LITTLE GIRL IS PLAYING IN THE FRONT YARD. THE LITTLE GIRLS SAYS MOMMY, MEN ARE COMING DOWN THE STREET. THEY LOOK LIKE REPUBLICANS. MOM SAYS BETTER COME IN THE HOUSE DEAR. THE LITTLE ONE RESPONDS OH NO MOMMY THEY ARE DEMOCRATS. MOM SAYS BETTER BRING THE DOG IN TOO.

    THE ONLY GUY WORKING IN WASHINGTON IS TRUMP.. THE STOCK MARKET LOVES HIM. THE TRUMP RALLY IS HEADING TO A RECORD 2200. HEY CONGRESS DON’T COME HOME WITHOUT HEALTH CARE. STAY THERE TILL IT IS FINISHED.

    JOHN MCCAIN WAS MY HERO WHEN HE GOT THE JANE FONDA WORK OUT AT THE HANOI HILTON. TRUMP WOULD NEVER ALLOW OUR BOYS TO BE TORTURED BY CUBAN INTERROGATORS IN VIETNAM. DEMOCRATS GET YOU INTO WAR THEN LEAVE YOU TO DIE ON THE BATTLEFIELD PROMISING NEVER TO RUN AGAIN.
    WHAT MCCAIN PROVED THE OTHER DAY IS THAT HE IS A RINO RAT AND A DEMOCRAT. LINSEED IS HIS TEA BOY. HE IS LAUCHING HIS OWN PHONY CAREER TODAY.

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  29. We need to send the democommies and their rino counterparts that are “fighting this”, from congress “down on the border” with nothing to protect their sorry asses, (but their big fat mouths) and let THEM attempt to stop the ILLEGALS and their drug carrying buddies from crossing.

    They will come back (if they make it) squealing like little whipped puppies.
    Otherwise STFU, and get that wall built and give OUR BORDER PATROL something to work with.
    (Maybe some nice air conditioned guard towers every 500 yards or so, equipped with 50 Caliber machine guns, proximity alarms, and night vision.)

  30. Ryan’s a showboating PIECE OF SHIT ! All the GOP is kissing ass right now,but that won’t last long.

  31. I wouldn’t trust Paul Ryan ever. He has been a stinking RINO all the while he has been in Congress. The GOP Establishment went out of it’s way to try to sell the idea that Ryan was the new face of the Republican Party, but Ryan’s very own voting record and multitude of “white papers on the economy, which he is supposed to be an expert on” proves he is just an empty Carlo Vent suit. His very first act after becoming Speaker of The House was to single handedly negotiate the budget with Oblowhard’s people to be the “democrat sponsored” budget. Conservatives got nothing. Ryan is a liar, a gutless coward and a RINO just like Boehner was and McConnell is. He may have been responsible for helping insert the GOP mole Reince Preibus into Trumps administration.

  32. its about time Mr. Ryan. It took you long enough.

  33. Carol Juliano Popp

    Finally he realizes we are waging a war against criminals coming into our country. These are not women and children fleeing a miserable existence in their own countries. These are men who run drug cartels ravaging our youth, murdering people, sex traffickers and every other form of vermin imaginable. Keep them out and if they are already here, throw them out.

  34. Michele McGregor McWilliams

    New message going around:

    Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college loans. Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back their student loans. Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term. Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment. And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from healthcare reform in all aspects. We must not tolerate an elite class of public servants and them putting themselves above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican or Independent – the self-serving must stop. Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states; it only takes 38 states to convene a constitutional convention.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives of Congress; and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives of Congress that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

    We need to get the word out, please. Make sure as many people as possible see this – thank you.

  35. For goodness sake Ryan has been a failure on the budget and sending a form of Obamacare to the senate. It’s just a bunch of nothing as our President is determined to build that wall. When he sends a great budget I will believe. When they delete Obamacare and leave out a bunch of things their donors want. I will believe. When they actually do tax reform and infrastructure than all will believe.

  36. It may well be a ‘mental issue’…those that don’t get math, embrace the concept of an unlimited pot to draw from. It fits the left brain only, avoids use of the right…btw, we need both-to care, AND use intelligence. We’ve should be long past politicians that tell the masses they can have it all…elect “Leaders” with math/finance supported plans, leave behind the “politicians”.

  37. Watch out President Trump “Paul the Butcher” Ryan has his Knives tucked in his waist at the Ready !!
    More Back Stabbing (Gangs of NY)

  38. We need to speculate on WHY the Dems oppose the wall. The wall will help keep out criminal illegals who could never get a green card to work legally; impede illegal drugs entering the country, especially marijuana that can now be grown here in some states and provide jobs, and heroine that is killing a hundred people a day; and keep an orderly accounting of who is in our nation. Now what is it that Dems could oppose? I believe they get paid off by the drug cartels for unfettered access to our citizens. Prove me wrong. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15f57d072264b4ec2b394ec09bbfbf54cbb9d1b973c9fa96428a8d066bb25b25.png

  39. I knew PRESIDENT TRUMPS promise would come through.Not like THAT NIGGER who lied to us for 8 years.

  40. Those republicans and dimbocrats that oppose the wall do so because they do not want America as a Country. These Congress people are bought and paid for globalists who think they will benefit from a borderless world, the chamber of communists that love the communist Country of China, and the banksters.

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