Former President Trump criticized Trump’s continued control over the Republican Party after a speech in response to former House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday.
In a statement issued through the American Political Action Leadership Committee, Trump criticized Ryan as a RINO and blamed him and Republican presidential nominee Senator Mitt Romney (Republican of Utah). 2012 for Republicans to spend their goals. The house is almost a decade old.
Ryan was Romney’s vice-presidential candidate.
Trump said Paul Ryan is a curse for the Republican Party. He did not know what to do for our country, he was a weak and ineffective leader and he spent all our country fighting Republicans instead of Democrats.
Trump responded to the fire a day after Ryan delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, warning that the Republican Party could face political dangers if its current momentum continues.
Referring to Trump explicitly, Ryan said that if the conservative cause depends on a personality’s popularity or second-level knockoffs, we’re not going anywhere.
Ryan did not criticize Trump in his name during the speech, although he did not doubt who he was referring to. At one point, he said, Republican voters wouldn’t be impressed to see yes-men and psychophants visit the former president’s private club Mar-a-Lego in Palm Beach, Florida.
Ryan was not the first to disagree with Trump and his most ardent supporters. He sharply criticized Republican efforts to challenge President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College earlier this year, calling the objection undemocratic and conservative.
But the latest comments come amid a heated debate within the Republican Party over his direction in the post-Trump political environment. While most Republican officials and candidates continue to openly support Trump, a vocal section of the party has criticized the strategy and warned that loyalty to the former president will cost the Republican Party long-term political success.
One such critic, Rep. Liz Cheney, who was fired as the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives this month for condemning Trump’s ongoing and unsupported demands, was accused of stealing the 2020 election.
Yet, Trump and his allies have embraced his conservative stance as the best chance of a GOP victory. In his statement on Friday, the former president warned that Ryan and people like him would only bring down the Republican Party.
As a Republican, keeping Paul Ryan on your side almost guarantees damage to both the party and the United States, he said.