Donald Trump had a response to Paul Ryan’s blistering prime-time speech
Trump issued a statement via his political action committee Save America and he absolutely blasted Ryan, referring to him as a “RINO” – Republican in name only. Trump also laid blame on Ryan and Sen. Mitt Romney for costing the GOP the White House in 2012 when Romney ran as the Republican presidential candidate with Ryan as has VP running mate.
Trump said, “Paul Ryan has been a curse to the Republican Party. He has no clue as to what needs to be done for our Country, was a weak and ineffective leader, and spends all of his time fighting Republicans as opposed to Democrats who are destroying our Country.”
Trump’s statement came just 24 hours after Ryan spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. He used his speech to warn the Republican Party of what was to come if it continued on its path.
Ryan, clearly referencing Trump, said, “If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere.”
Although in his speech, Ryan didn’t use Trump’s name, it was crystal clear that he was speaking specifically about the former President. Ryan said that GOP voters should “not be impressed by the sight of yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago,” which is Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla.
Ryan has been at odds with Trump and his supporters before – earlier this year he was critical of Republican efforts to challenge President Biden’s Electoral College victory. He was harsh on Republican supporters who backed Trump’s efforts to try to overturn the election, saying the objections to Biden’s victory were “anti-democratic and anti-conservative.”
Ryan’s latest comments come at a time wen the GOP is in a fierce debate about its direction in the post-Trump political climate. Many Republican officials and candidates seem happy to continue to align themselves with Trump, but a very outspoken segment of the Republican party has come out against this direction. They caution that if the GOP continues to align itself with Trump, they will eventually pay the price.
One particularly outspoken critic, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), found herself expelled from her role as the No. 3 House Republican recently when she refused to support the baseless claims that the 2020 election had been stolen from Trump.
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