President Trump isn’t the one to stay silent when someone attacks him.
So when Paul Ryan lashed out against President Trump in a speech that aimed to criticize Trump’s influence on the Republican Party, Trump didn’t stay quiet but rather he completely blasted the former House Speaker in a statement.
Trump started off his statement by saying “RINO Paul Ryan lost all vote getting capability with the people he represented in Wisconsin” and continued his statement by stating that other than Romney, Paul was the biggest single factor the Republicans lost the 2012 Presidential race.
I agree with President Trump, that Republican ticket was awful!
He wasn’t finished though, Trump continued to slam Ryan and was quoted saying “Paul Ryan has been a curse to the Republican Party”.
'Curse to the Republican party': Trump responds to criticism from Paul Ryanhttps://t.co/vhoPwPNzFD
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If Paul Ryan is criticizing President Trump, you know Trump did something RIGHT!
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CBS News covered Paul Ryan’s speech which was aimed to turn voters against President Trump:
The former speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, sounded a pointed warning to the GOP in a speech about its future, arguing that voters will have little patience for a party built on fealty to former President Trump. He told conservatives gathered at the Reagan Library, in Simi Valley California, Thursday night that they were at a crossroads.
“If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle,” he said.
And leaving no doubt about who he was talking about, though he did not name Mr. Trump, Ryan continued, “They will not be impressed by the sight of yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago.”
Among the Republican politicians who have spent time with Mr. Trump at his Florida resort and publicly stood by him is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who succeeded Ryan as the top House Republican when Ryan retired from the House in 2018.
Ryan, who had his disagreements with Mr. Trump, also expressed deep dismay at the way his presidency concluded. “It was horrifying to see a presidency come to such a dishonorable and disgraceful end,” he said.
It is absolutely incorrect to pretend that there is a "Republican civil war" when the leading figure within the Republican Party has about 85% of that party's support. https://t.co/sixSNGFBCC
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The Huffpost got the scoop too:
President Donald Trump and retired former House speaker Paul Ryan dusted off their old feud this week, with each side arguing that the other is a threat to the Republican Party.
The spat began Thursday night when Ryan, who now sits on the board of Fox News parent company Fox Corp., urged his fellow Republicans to reject Trump and his version of conservatism.
“It was horrifying to see a presidency come to such a dishonorable and disgraceful end,” Ryan said in reference to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that Trump incited.
Republicans are “at a crossroads,” Ryan continued, speaking at an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. “If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle. They will not be impressed by the sight of yes men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago.”
Trump did not like what he heard. On Friday morning, the 2020 election loser fired off a statement calling the Wisconsin Republican 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 said.
If you would like to read Trump’s full statement, check it out below: