WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says the people generating racist graffiti in the wake of Donald Trump’s election are “not Republicans” and “we don’t want them in our party.”
The Wisconsin congressman told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that, “People should really just put their minds at ease. We are pluralistic, we are inclusive… that’s the kind of country we are still going to have.”
He says he’s “confident Donald Trump feels the same way.”
Ryan was asked about reports of racist graffiti and hate crimes after Tuesday’s presidential election.
Trump’s presidential upset win sparked a fourth day of protests across the United States, with tens of thousands of protesters marching and railing against him.
Saturday protests – held in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago as well as smaller ones, such as Worcester, Massachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa – were largely peaceful, although two police officers were slightly injured in protests in Indianapolis.
Demonstrators rallied at New York’s Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they were held back by police barricades.
The Republican president-elect was inside his tower apartment, working with aides on the transition to the White House.
Among those railing against him was filmmaker Michael Moore, who tweeted a demand that Trump “step aside.”