House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to a group of House interns Wednesday, giving a "state of American politics" addressing, during which he admonished politicians currently using divisive rhetoric. Ryan indirectly described the Republican presidential primary, in which the latest development featured GOP frontrunner Donald Trump threatening the wife of rival Ted Cruz on Twitter. Ryan said: "All of us as leaders can hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and decency. Instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations." Since Trump has been repeatedly accused of playing into Americans' fears, it's hard not to see Ryan's speech as addressing the real-estate mogul. In a "confident America," Ryan said, "we don’t resort to scaring you, we dare to inspire you. We don’t just oppose someone or something. We propose a clear and compelling alternative." He continued: "In a confident America, we also have a basic faith in one another. We question each other’s ideas—vigorously—but we don’t question each other’s motives."
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