Paul Ryan’s speech to the 2016 RNC

Wisconsin isĀ in a bit of a twilight zone. While our April 5 primary was essentially the “Never Trump” movement’s Alamo, dignitaries from Wisconsin are playing some of the most prominent roles at the convention that nominated Trump as the GOP’s 2016 standard bearer last night.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the party’s ostensible thought leader and uniter-in-chief, is also the convention’s chairman. Wisconsin native Reince Priebus is chairman of the RNC. And Gov. Scott Walker has accepted a speaking slot as one of the most prominent Trump foes to address the convention.

Last night was Ryan’s turn to address the raucous hall. He took the opportunity to urge unity and present the conservative ideas that stand in stark contrast to the failed liberal agenda of the past decades.

The only thing progressives don’t deliver, he said, is progress.

Here’s Speaker Ryan’s speech in full:


About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.