Donald Trump slammed former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan attacked Trump during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported.
Although he didn’t directly name him, the former speaker asserted that the Republican Party was at a “crossroads” and needed to move away from “the populist appeal of one personality.”
Ryan’s political career was arguably already on life support — but putting himself in opposition to Trump has likely killed any hopes he may have had of making a comeback.
Ryan is yet another Republican who fails to understand that the Republican Party is nothing without Trump and his platform. As someone who was part of Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) disastrous presidential campaign, he should understand better than anyone why Trump is so important to Republicans across the country.
Gasp at relevancy
Instead, it seems Ryan is trying to take a play out of Romney’s playbook by attacking Trump, despite the support the former president has from 75 million Americans.
“We win majorities by directing our loyalty and respect to voters and by staying faithful to the conservative principles that unite us,” Ryan said. “This was true even when the person leading our movement was as impressive, polished, and agreeable as they come.”
Like many Republicans who are out of touch with the conservative American voter, Ryan wants a leader who is polished and agreeable but not one who wins. Trump may not have been agreeable or polished or even polite but he still got more votes than any Republican in history.
In a statement on Friday, Trump responded to the speech, saying Ryan “became a lame duck Speaker of the House, lost all vote-getting capability with the people he represented in Wisconsin, and was the single biggest factor, other than Romney himself, for the monumental Romney/Ryan loss in the Presidential race of 2012.”
The former president continued saying, “Ryan should instead be telling them how to stop the cheating of elections and that we would have won if Republican leadership fought the way the Democrats did.”
There is no Republican who can attack Trump without risking losing power, because any Republican who hopes to have a future in the Republican Party must have the support of Trump’s voter base.
Trump closed out his statement saying, “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.”
Republicans who are more interested in fighting over Trump’s mean tweets but not over actual policy have no place in the Republican Party. Republicans like Ryan had their chance in 2012 and they blew it.