Paul Ryan Slams Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims: 'It's Not What This Country Stands For'

Things are heating up in the race for the Republican nomination, but Donald Trump has yet to break a sweat. Even in the face of blunt criticism from some of the party's most prominent members, the presidential hopeful is not backing down on some of his most controversial assertions to date. And although Donald Trump has experience in fending off harangues from political pundits and his fellow candidates, Trump is now drawing intense fire from some of the most prominent political leaders in the United States, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, assumed the post of Speaker of the House following his election in late October. He was a reluctant successor to John Boehner, who abruptly announced his decision to resign from that position in September. Upon his election to the role of House Speaker, Paul Ryan promised to unite a divided GOP, as noted by the Guardian and other sources. But as Donald Trump's campaign trail rhetoric has become more and more inflammatory over the course of recent weeks, Ryan has opted to take a public swipe at the his party's presidential frontrunner.

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A coterie of Donald Trump supporters hold signs indicating they stand with Trump, presumably while standing somewhere near Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan is apparently standing elsewhere. [Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images]As noted by the BBC, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States from abroad yesterday, including refugees and even tourists. The backlash was quick and came from all around the globe, but none of the critiques matched the notoriety of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said that Trump does not speak for the Republican Party in this particular matter.

"This is not conservatism," said Ryan in comments published by the New York Times. "What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more important, it's not what this country stands for."

Ryan also declared that Muslims are some of America's "best and biggest" allies in the global war on terror, adding that many followers of Islam believe in the principles of "pluralism, freedom, democracy, [and] individual rights."

Despite these issues, Ryan said he would still vote for Donald Trump if he ultimately becomes the party's nominee, according to CNN. Ryan was Mitt Romney's running mate in the 2012 election and Trump has frequently lamented that Romney was ineffective as a presidential candidate.

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A bearded Paul Ryan speaks at the U.S. Capitol on December 8, over a week after the end of "No Shave November." [Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]Even Ted Cruz, who is presently surging in polls of Iowa Republicans, has distanced himself a bit from Donald Trump. Over the course of recent months, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have refrained from publicly attacking one another, but as Cruz curries favor with GOP faithful, it is entirely possible that he is becoming aware that a close association with Donald Trump's rhetoric could damage him in the long run. Still, Cruz was delicate in his rebuke of the real estate mogul-turned-high-stakes politician, offering what Huffington Post writer Elise Foley referred to as "the weakest possible criticism of Donald Trump's anti-Muslim plan."

"I recognize that a great many folks in the media would prefer that anyone running for president engage as an ongoing theater critic, criticizing the proposals of others," Cruz said on Tuesday. "I do not agree with his proposal. I do not think it is the right solution."

According to ABC News, many world leaders have also sharply condemned Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, including French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said that Trump "strokes hatred and confusion" through his controversial statements. Last month, ISIS terrorists attacked civilians in Paris, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds.

Political leaders are not the only folks who have blasted Trump this week. On Tuesday's episode of The View, Joy Behar mused that the outspoken billionaire may suffer from "narcissistic personality disorder." As reported by Inquisitr, Donald Trump engaged in a brief Twitter war with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday. Bezos responded to a flurry of tweets by the GOP candidate by suggesting that he would be willing to shoot Donald Trump into space via his privately owned space program, Blue Origin.

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