The Political Insider
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan advised the GOP to steer clear of the “populist appeal of a personality,” a barely veiled shot at other Republicans who support Donald Trump.
Ryan made his remarks Thursday in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Although he did not mention the former president by name, his words could hardly be misinterpreted.
“Here’s a reality we have to face,” Ryan told Republicans. “If the conservative cause depends on a personality’s populist appeal or on second-rate imitations, we’re going nowhere.”
The former 2012 vice presidential nominee set out to “criticize Trump”, according to the New York Times, and warn that “the only viable future for the broken party was one that was not tied to the former president.”
“Here’s a reality we have to face: if the conservative cause depends on a personality’s populist appeal or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere,” fmr said. House spokesman Paul Ryan says. https://t.co/wNgTzylnNw
– NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) May 28, 2021
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Paul Ryan wants Republicans to give up Trump supporters
Imagine the burden of being Mitt Romney-lite without ever realizing that you are Mitt Romney-lite. Such is the plight of Paul Ryan in his quest to steer the Republican Party away from Donald Trump.
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Even CNN scoffed at Ryan’s “Reaganite” speech, saying “Trump’s power” drowns out his “call for change.”
It’s really amazing that Paul Ryan, who is the reason the GOP lost the house in 2018, is coming out today and blaming Trump for the problems in the GOP.
Paul, the problem is you and your friend Liz.
– Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 27, 2021
In his speech, Ryan also advised the Republican Party to withdraw from culture wars.
“[W]The Conservatives have to be careful not to get involved in every little cultural battle, ”he said. “Sometimes these skirmishes are just creations of outraged traders who are detached from reality and not worth anyone’s time.”
“You are diverting attention from the far more important case we have to make to the American people.”
Unfortunately, they also work for the left, which means that culture and conservatives who have no voice in these battles in either the entertainment world, sports, science, federal bureaucracy or big tech and social media are canceled.
Conservatives are being silenced and Ryan wants you to keep whistling past the cemetery.
Republican voters had watched their party fall victim to the Culture Wars for years, as Paul Ryan suggests, leading at least in part to the rise of a fighter like Donald Trump who doesn’t turn around when asked to.
Paul Ryan confirms again that he doesn’t know when; He lives in 2005 and does not understand, refuses to understand what is happening within the GOP. https://t.co/a3DhGPcAsD
– Ned Ryun (@nedryun) May 27, 2021
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Ryan says Trump’s presidency has fallen out of favor
In another shot at Trump, Paul Ryan followed up on the former president by citing the Capitol protests, which the media had labeled what the media had called a “riot”.
Ryan said he found it “terrible to see a presidency come to such a dishonorable and shameful end”.
He added that Republican voters “would not be impressed by the sight of yes men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago”.
Better to watch this than have the “Thank you sir, may I still have a man”-led party like Paul Ryan.
It is absolutely wrong to pretend that there is a “republican civil war” when the leader within the Republican Party has about 85% of that party’s support. https://t.co/sixSNGFBCC
– Drew Holden (@ DrewHolden360) May 27, 2021
After all, it’s fascinating to see a man like Ryan advising Republicans on how to win elections in the future knowing he’s a failed campaigner for Romney and lost the house to the Democrats in 2018.
It was Ryan who was in command when the Republicans took control of the house and failed to completely overturn Obamacare.
According to Trump, he also betrayed Republican voters at the border wall during this time when, despite a promise made by the then-spokesman, he never received funding.
“I was very disappointed with Paul because the wall was so badly needed,” Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller in 2019.
Today is a good day to remember that Paul Ryan sabotaged Trump’s first two years in office for being a shameless swamp creature.
– thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) May 27, 2021
Donald Trump responded to Paul Ryan’s attacks in a just released statement. And he didn’t disappoint, focusing on Ryan’s predilection for losing elections.
“Paul Ryan was a curse on the Republican Party,” said Trump. “He has no idea 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.”
“As a Republican, having Paul Ryan by your side is almost a loss to you, the party and America itself!”
NEW Trump statement on Paul Ryan and more: pic.twitter.com/wj6hi9ONsb
– Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) May 28, 2021
Polls have shown that Trump is an overwhelming favorite to win the Republican nomination if he runs for president again in 2024.
Ryan’s approval rating declined steadily during his tenure as House Speaker, and his inability to garner support from Republican voters and colleagues led to an early resignation from the House of Representatives.
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