First, Ryan seems to hardly know what the Alt-Right is, and second, the idea that one strain of conservatism is "virulent" shows Ryan is in thrall to the Narrative—he wants to be part of the nice conservatism, because he heard in school how evil real conservatives are. Ryan knows he's in trouble, because he's saying he'd support Border Security, although what we—and the voters—want is someone who supports deportation.
“They call this alt-conservativism” says Paul Ryan calling it Nehlan’s campaign a “nasty virulent strain” of conservatism— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 5, 2016
No one believes him, anyhow:
They always sound tough on immigration when they're in trouble ... https://t.co/Tyt8qMuKwg— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) August 3, 2016
Ryan may think he's facing people like us who identify as nationalists—what he's actually in trouble with is the American Nation.
AMAZING POLL # I'D MISSED: "a vanishing 11 percent of Republican voters believe ... “free-trade” will raise wages." https://t.co/LMvfkP2vwy— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) August 2, 2016