Former House Speaker John Boehner had a reputation of shedding tears at the drop of a hat.
According to a new tell-all book about the past few years in D.C., Boehner’s successor also shared that trait.
Specifically, the author described former House Speaker Paul Ryan sobbing during the Jan. 6, 2021 protest because he didn’t think Donald Trump did enough to stop it.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cried as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a new book claims.
Ryan “found himself in tears” and was “absolutely horrified” watching the Capitol riot, journalist Mark Leibovich writes in his forthcoming book, Thank You For Your Servitude. The Wisconsin Republican reportedly told Leibovich that he normally doesn’t cry much, but “something snapped in him” on Jan. 6.
“I spent my whole adult life in that building,” Ryan told Leibovich, according to excerpts of the book obtained by CNN. “And I saw my friends, a lot of cops, some of my old security detail — I’m still friends with a bunch of those guys. It really disturbed me, foundationally.”
According to Leibovich, Ryan never thought former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud “would come to” violence.
While a number of promienent establishment Republicans reacted with feigned horror on Jan. 6, the mood has changed considerably in the 18 months since.
Bolstered by nagging concerns about voter fraud and suspicions about the motivations of the House Jan. 6 committee, most Republicans are now convinced that the incident on Capitol Hill was not the riot — or “insurrection” — that Democrats have tried to portray it as.
I’ve covered Washington for more than 50 years, including 11 years covering Congress specifically. I’ve never seen a committee all of whose members were chosen by one party, and where there is no cross-examination or any attempt to present both sides. https://t.co/7bjCm3O9Ez
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 1, 2022
BREAKING: PERJURY – Jan 6 Committee Surprise Witness "Two Sugars" Testimony Immediately Debunked
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 29, 2022
Every Republican must explain why he or she believes the FBI should not be dismantled. That’s where the country is. Justify why the FBI should even exist at all. You can’t. https://t.co/Ezlz9gqG94
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 6, 2022
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 11, 2022
“Whereas more Republicans once said it was a ‘riot’ than a ‘legitimate protest’ by a 15-pt margin, that has been flipped with Republicans favoring the ‘legitimate protest’ label by 16 pts. A majority of Republicans no longer even regard Jan 6 as a ‘riot.’” https://t.co/bXkwIa1tAU
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 8, 2022
Overall, 60% of Americans agree "the Jan. 6 committee's main aim is to ensure President Trump can't run in 2024," including 70% of registered Republicans in the poll. https://t.co/rl4lWUX8aN
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) July 11, 2022
Nevertheless, Trump haters on the right, including Paul Ryan, continue to portray the 45th president as somehow culpable for the actions of supporters who were upset over what they believed was a fraudulent election.
Business Insider chronicled Ryan’s long history of trashing Trump:
Ryan has been critical of Trump and other Republicans aligned with him.
In June, Ryan told an audience during a political event in South Carolina that Congressional Republicans “didn’t have the guts” to impeach Trump following the January 6 riot. Trump replied, calling him a “pathetic loser” and “weak RINO” — meaning Republican In Name Only — on his social media platform Truth Social.
Ryan publicly denounced GOP leaders in his state in 2021 after they pursued a $680,000 audit and investigation into the results of the 2020 election.
“It was not rigged. It was not stolen. Donald Trump lost the election. Joe Biden won the election. It’s really clear,” Ryan told Wisconsin’s ABC affiliate WISN 12.
Unfortunately, there’s no known video evidence of Ryan crying into his hands as he watched the events play out on Jan. 6.
This clip of Trump slamming Ryan prior to the 2016 election will have to suffice, since it probably also brought a tear to the RINO’s eyes: