MSNBC's Steve Benen pointed how wrong he is:
House Speaker Paul Ryan gave the president-elect credit for a win that defied political odds and helped Republicans down ballot. “What Donald Trump just pulled off was an enormous political feat,” Ryan said in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, adding that he “just earned a mandate.”
1. While the Trump obviously won the election, he also lost the popular vote. In other words, the nation was given a choice and more Americans chose Hillary Clinton … it does undermine Paul Ryan’s claims that voters handed Trump a mandate.
2. Four years ago this week, Paul Ryan was asked, “Does Barack Obama now have a mandate?” The Wisconsin congressman replied, “I don’t think so.”
Remember, Obama had just won a second term with relative ease. Obama not only won the popular vote, he became one of only six presidents in American history to top 51% of the popular vote twice. In Paul Ryan’s mind, however, Obama didn’t earn a mandate, while Donald Trump, who received fewer votes than the Democrat, did.
It’s almost as if Republicans are playing some kind of “heads I win, tails you lose” sort of game and Ryan’s so-called principles shouldn’t be taken seriously.
A former liberal radio talk host who likes to ask the “follow-up question” at Democurmudgeon.blogspot.com