Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan amped up his long-standing feud with former President Donald Trump on Sunday, calling himself a “never-again-Trumper.”
Interviewed on ABC’s “This Week,” the ex-congressman hurled blame at the now-2024 presidential candidate for the disappointing showing by the GOP in the midterm elections. Ryan also cautioned that his party will have a difficult time getting legislation through the House with a small majority.
Ryan told co-anchor, Jonathan Karl, that he leveled responsibility for recent Republican election setbacks on the former president, saying there is a “Trump factor.”
Despite this criticism, he boasted of accomplishments the GOP achieved while Trump was in the White House. These included sweeping tax reform, deregulation measures and criminal justice reform.
Ryan also remembered fondly the judges who were appointed to the bench, “not just the Supreme Court but throughout the judiciary.”
Just days after Donald Trump announced his third bid for the White House, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan denounced the twice-impeached former president's political future, calling himself a "Never-Again-Trumper." https://t.co/J3jKPsUj3R
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Despite these recollections of success, the former speaker cast himself as a “never-again-Trumper.” He said that he wants to win elections and asserted that “we lose with Trump.”
This, of course, despite the huge Republican upset victory in 2016 and Trump garnering more votes than any sitting president in U.S. history in 2020.
Ryan had to acknowledge the power of Trump in turning out his Republican base but claimed that strength is not enough for general elections. He called for the party to “move on” from the former president.
He told the ABC audience that he does not believe that Trump will carry the 2024 nomination — because the party agrees with his personal view of the former president. Ryan said the GOP has “a great stable of good, capable conservatives” who can win the primary and then the general election.
His assertions recall an interview last week with Fox News in which, despite Republican victory in securing the House majority, Ryan claimed that Trump kept the party from more wins.
Ryan, for the record, parted ways with the House when he stepped down in 2018 and did not seek reelection. What’s likely is that he will find that Republicans have “moved on” from him, and that his recommendation carries little or no weight with the rank-and-file GOP.