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Ned Ryun: Is The Conservative Movement About The Vulture Capitalist Class Or The American Worker?

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Ned Ryun said conservatives have been selling out the interests of the American worker for decades in an interview Wednesday with Tucker Carlson. The conservative activist said we're living in an "illusion" where we say we have a republic of the people for the people but sell out to Conservative Inc. and the vulture capitalist class. Ryun said any self-respecting conservative wouldn't take money from these people or be seen at a Koch seminar.

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"I prefer to call most of this conservative class in Washington, D.C., nothing but a racket. Conservative Inc. has been selling out the interests of most of the American people for decades," Ryun argued. "The problem that we have here, Tucker, in all of this, I mean, again, it's hard for me to accept the fact that Paul Singer -- and I would actually argue, the Kochs, are barely Republicans and certainly not conservatives."

"If the majority of the American people start to look at the behavior of Paul Singer and Charles Koch as what exemplifies the GOP and capitalism, I think it would be devastating to both the GOP and capitalism in the very near future," he said. "But I think we've got to have a conversation about Citizens United. Tucker. I get some of the arguments for it, but it has also empowered the vulture capitalist class to buy a lot of politicians, and buy a lot of think tanks, who are advocating and implementing policies that are antithetical to the interests of the American worker."

"The last time we had this, about a hundred years ago, where the uber wealthy and politicians actually created a system that was rigged against the American people," he said. "We got progressivism, progressivism, which has devastated this country."

"What's going to be the reaction to this? I don't know, but it's not going to be good," Ryun warned.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Ned Ryan is founder and CEO of American Majority, and he joins us tonight. Ned, thanks so much for coming on. I have to ask you, since you are part of the kind of professional conservative firmament and have been for a long time, you know, that landscape well. Paul Ryan -- I beg your pardon, Paul Singer is one of the biggest contributors to conservative organizations. How would you describe his influence on professional conservatism in this country and the Republican Party?

NED RYAN, AMERICAN MAJORITY: [laughs] Well, I prefer to call most of this conservative class in Washington, D.C., nothing but a racket. Conservative Inc. has been selling out the interests of most of the American people for decades. The problem that we have here, Tucker, in all of this, I mean, again, it's hard for me to accept the fact that Paul Singer -- and I would actually argue, the Kochs, are barely Republicans and certainly not conservatives.

CARLSON: Yes.

NED RYAN: And I would argue that any self-respecting conservative shouldn't be taking money from them. But no self-respecting conservative should be seen in a Koch seminar and actually be giving the Koch's money.

CARLSON: I agree with you.

RYAN: And the problem is the influence that they have on these. I think we actually -- there are a couple of things that we've got to have the conversation about. One is if the majority of the American people start to look at the behavior of Paul Singer and Charles Koch as what exemplifies the GOP and capitalism, I think it would be devastating to both the GOP and capitalism in the very near future. But I think we've got to have a conversation about Citizens United. Tucker. I get some of the arguments for it, but it has also empowered the vulture capitalist class to buy a lot of politicians, and buy a lot of think tanks, who are advocating and implementing policies that are antithetical to the interests of the American worker.

CARLSON: Well, and definitely seem antithetical to the views of Republican voters. I've never seen a --

RYAN: Yes.

CARLSON: -- bigger misalignment between what the voters want and what they get thanks to a small number of donors. And I -- and you're absolutely right. Charles Koch, I don't want to pretend like it's just Paul Singer. It's certainly not just Paul Singer.

RYAN: That's right.

CARLSON: Charles Koch, probably even more.

RYAN: Yeah. No, absolutely. And the influence that they have over the white papers and the thinking that's coming out of the Conservative Inc., the racket, again, people are identifying this as the true conservative movement. I lost all belief and faith and trust that that's what conservatism was about years ago. And in fact, I think we have to really reconsider what the conservative movement actually is, not only what it's advocating, but actually who's funding it and what are its priorities?

You know, is its priorities this billionaire class of vulture capitalists or is it actually on behalf of the American worker and the American people?

CARLSON: Right.

RYAN: I have to tell you, Tucker, I think we're kind of living an illusion right now. You know, we say we have a republic of we the people for the people?

CARLSON: Yeah.

RYAN: I would argue we haven't had that for decades. And the people that are supposed to be defending and advocating for it, they abandoned that a long time ago so they could have their six and seven figure salaries and their marble bathrooms with their gold-plated bathrobes. This is getting to the point of absurdity. We have to have a conversation about this as well.

CARLSON: Yeah, it's dangerous, too. I mean, we're playing with fire. Fake democracy --

RYAN: Yes.

CARLSON: -- frustrates people to the point where it becomes, you know, scary. And so, we should stop this right away.

RYAN: The last point I'll make is this. The last time we had is, about a hundred years ago, where very -- the uber wealthy and politicians actually created a system that was rigged against the American people. We got progressivism, progressivism, which has devastated this country. What's going to be the reaction to this? I don't know, but it's not going to be good.

CARLSON: I agree. That's exactly right. Ned Ryan, thank you.



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