Former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has kept a relatively low profile since retiring from Congress last year, but he recently spoke out at a lecture in Flordia regarding President Donald Trump and his prospects for reelection in 2020.
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”
It’s no secret that Donald Trump is obsessed with winning, as is one of his most valiant defenders and eldest son: Donald Trump Jr.
Trump Jr. responded to Ryan’s words, and he didn’t hold back.
Pretty rich. Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 running mate, the speaker who lied to us and didn't deliver Wall funding (and then lost the house) gives advice on winning. https://t.co/aJsGfHhsVv
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
Trump Jr. and Paul Ryan represent two different sides of the same GOP coin. During his tenure as speaker, Ryan appealed to Republican ideologies that formed before the Tea Party, often stretching to defend Trump while simultaneously condemning his reckless behavior.
Meanwhile, Trump Jr. appeals heavily to Tea Party Republicans and the alt-Right, frequently amplifying rhetoric that is unpresidential even by his father’s standards. It was this base that turned against Paul Ryan, dismissing him as ineffective at best and harmful to the Republican party’s hold over the government at worst.
Many of Ryan’s critics sided with Trump Jr.
I screwed America and President Trump at the same time! pic.twitter.com/2MBxX1WUBi
— Dave Hayes (@20WIN12) March 12, 2019
Paul Ryan didn't win Wisconsin in 2012.
Four years later, @realDonaldTrump did.
— Joshua Mercer (@joshuamercer) March 12, 2019
Probably the one person who was most responsible for sabotaging Tumps agenda. Thank god he’s gone
— Keith Fontaine (@fontaine_keith) March 12, 2019
Paul who? Deep State Paul.
— Kevin Rousey (@KevinRousey) March 12, 2019
But Trump Jr. wasn’t short of critics either.