At home in his congressional district Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan stressed the importance of civility to two groups of high school students.
The message might have been intended for his political colleagues back in Washington, however, as he repeated it in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner and again in response to press questions following a factory tour.
“There is a lot of incivility in America today,” the Republican leader told an auditorium of Badger High School students in Lake Geneva, when asked for advice about how to succeed in life.
“There are going to be people, probably somebody sitting to your left or your right, that may not agree with you on something,” he said. “They are not bad people. They just probably disagree with you sometimes.”
Ryan’s admonishment follows months of partisan acrimony, including the past week’s heated exchanges between Republicans and Democrats over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The wrangling reached a crescendo Friday after a series of Trump tweets that critics portrayed as threats directed against Comey and the press.
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