Is Breitbart Setting Off A GOP Civil War?

For now, at least, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump are on the same page when it comes to passing the Republicans' god-awful tax-cut-for-the-rich disguised as a healthcare plan.

But the peace treaty between the Speaker and the President won't last forever - especially if the Breitbart bubble keeps on growing.

Just as Donald Trump and Paul Ryan have united behind the Republican Party's healthcare plan, Breitbart News is trying to blow the whole thing up.

Yesterday, Breitbart released audio of the Speaker trashing Trump in an October conference call that came right after video emerged of Trump bragging about sexual assault.

"I obviously stand by that statement. His comments are not anywhere in keeping with our party's principals and values. There are basically two things that I want to make really clear. As for myself as your speaker, I am not going to defend Donald Trump. Not now, not in the future."

So, it seems like Breitbart is trying to break apart the alliance that's formed between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan over healthcare. Will it work?


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deepspace 6 years 11 weeks ago

And may the worst men lose, all of them, on the right and in the wrong.

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Oldskoold 6 years 11 weeks ago

I would love to be able, in mind and body, to predict the outcome of the fight brewing amoungst these facshist fools that have "caught the car". Unfortunalely; I am afraid they are on a course that will leave all of them unscathed from any discomfort. Hell; they all have bunkers and prvate planes (2% ers of our economy) to escape to when the pitchforks and torches start getting close to them. If they don't they are fools of the highest order. I am still "shocked and appalled" that these Southern "church going" idiots elected the bastard! I hate to simplify this to such a low level but; (other than the voter supression trick and Russia and mysogony) it is "true blue racism and greed" that has caused us to be in this situation. By "true blue" I mean Southern Democrats who are hypocrites. I have seen it (latent racsism) all of my 60 years...... The most segregated day of the week remains between the hours of 10:00 and 12:00 on a Sunday! I say a lot of southerners have some repenting to do......And, might want to go to the barn and sharpen their pitchforks for when they realize just exactly what they have enabled!

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stecoop01 6 years 11 weeks ago

A republican house divided cannot stand; any chance the Progressives will get their s&*% together and push it over?

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deepspace 6 years 11 weeks ago

Well said, Oldskoold. People who preach empty rhetoric and call it religion while supporting bigoted policies that exclude the poor and the disadvantaged are nothing but despicable hypocrites and are the biggest drags on society.

Legend 6 years 11 weeks ago

Interesting that Mad Dog Mattis says that climate change is due to man and CO2. At least one cabinet member accepts science.

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js121 6 years 11 weeks ago

Bannon is a Koch man as Breitbart has always been Koch media source. Ryan also answers to Koch's. Koch's do NOT want any social safety net...especially Health Care. They protect and fight for their ALEC corporations! So, what I'm guessing is that Ryan's plan isn't to Koch's liking and using Bannon to push Ryan further right.

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js121 6 years 11 weeks ago

Very doubtful since there's only Sanders and a couple others that are Progressives. The Democrats are neoliberal and wish to continue maintaining the Status Quo with health industry.

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Oldskoold 6 years 11 weeks ago

Well Thanks DS.

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twelter001 6 years 11 weeks ago

I thought that Breitbart and Trump were asshole buddies. Why would he use the press? He can just give him a little tickle and whisper in his ear that he is jelous of Ryan and daddie's love for each other.

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2950-10K 6 years 11 weeks ago

My guess is that Bannon recently caught wind of Ryan expressing his feelings about the likelihood of Trump's impeachment or forced resignation. Ryan and McConnell both want Pence in as President. They know he would readily sign all of their Koch/Teabagger legislation.....and Bannon knows Pence would replace him.

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ikeberltersen 6 years 11 weeks ago

If the Republican factions are hell bent on forming a circular firing squad, all I can say is "Ready, aim, fire!"

Vegasman56 6 years 11 weeks ago

Ever sense Trump has become president along with speaker of the house Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell the crazy people are coming out, and frankly it scares me to death. I wonder what Europeans and people from down under are thinking what level of intelligence the average American have, without a doubt it's not very high. Trump and his cabinet wants to destroy the America we have built for the average working families, by taking away our security in retirement and healthcare which should be a wright not a privilege. We have to come together and fight this Republican aggression that is on this we have at this time. Some the ways we can fight this is getting some facts correct my turning back to our history and learning from mistakes that we have made, and the improvements that has made our country that moved us forward to a better life for people who work for a living the people who we send to represent us in Congress and in the Senate, to that them know that we are watching them, we are counting every time they represent the Plutocracy, (Rule by the wealthy), which will not be tolerated.

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Hephaestus 6 years 11 weeks ago

Vegasman56 - No leader = no revolution!

Status Quo

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stopgap 6 years 11 weeks ago

Personally, I think that Pence is at the bottom of all the White House leaking. The instant that Trump took the oath of office, he outlived his usefulness to the Republican party, and then and there, became their greatest liability…and of course, Pence is the leader that the modern day Republican party lusts for.

Therefore, what is the best way for them to dispose of Trump? Drive him mad with leaks? Maybe if they can make him crazy enough, even his ardent supporters will be willing to except Trump being removed from office. However, it won't be easy, as his supporters are equally insane, and lets face it, so are Pence, Mitchell and Ryan. The difference being, they don't come off quiet as clownish.

It is amazing though to see how many clowns piled out of the clown car once they drove it into the White House. No wonder Barnum and Bailey is closing.

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Dianereynolds 6 years 11 weeks ago

You are being set up and you are clueless.

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stopgap 6 years 11 weeks ago

...says the supporter of the liar about wiretapping the Trump Tower, the liar about sending detectives to Hawaii that were gathering evidence to prove Obama was not born there, the liar that had a replacement for Obamacare, the liar that says he didn't know Putin, the liar that said he couldn't release his taxes because he was under audit, the liar that said the unemployment numbers were phony but now are spot-on, the lair that took credit for the January economic numbers even though he wasn't in office yet, the liar that blamed his generals for losing Navy Seal William Ryan Owens in Yemen, the liar that said that Obama had previously approved the raid, the liar that lied about the size of his crowds at the inauguration…

By why waste anymore of my time trying to prove anything to those that will support as their leader a pathological lying, misogynist, racist, thin-skinned, arrogant, pile of garbage that can never admit that he was wrong about anything. In fact, these adoring hordes can't even find the slightest reason to disagree with him.

Yes, we are being set up by these Trumpanzies that are chocking on the shit that gushes from this filthy pig's ass as they are constantly trying to explain why what he said, is not what he really meant.

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Luis_L. 6 years 11 weeks ago

Tom, in your discussions on campaign spending you forget to mention all the free airtime and coverage that Trump got from media. He received an estimated 2 billion dollars of free coverage during the campaign since he declared his candidacy. If you add that in he actually used more money than any other candidate in history. It was not that money in politics doesn't matter as some conservative pundits say it was that he used money from a third party that is basically unaccounted for. So money in politics does matter no matter where it is coming from. Did conservatives just find another loophole to get media coverage for their candidates; yes!

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Dianereynolds 6 years 11 weeks ago

Also don't forget to mention that 77% of that 2 billion dollars was negative press for Trump as opposed to 64% negative for Hillary Clinton.

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2950-10K 6 years 11 weeks ago

For christ sakes....the negative press was simply the press holding a mirror up and reflecting back exactly what Trump was saying and doing...LOL But apparently "negative" is what appeals to you.

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Dianereynolds 6 years 11 weeks ago

Leftie/socialists love to report numbers not the actual meaning of those numbers. Negative press is negative press. The media certainly not pushing for a Trump win.

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