Once again, former House Speaker Paul Ryan has managed to infuriate the entire world.
The long-hated “turncoat Republican,” as some describe him, garnered the world’s unanimous rage again when excerpts from journalist Tim Alberta’s upcoming book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump,” were obtained by The Washington Post and then described in detail in a piece published Thursday.
The excerpts showed Ryan trash-talking the president. Why this angered conservatives is clear. What’s not so obvious is why this also angered liberals.
In interviews with Alberta, the former House speaker had described President Donald Trump as an uneducated buffoon who allegedly knew nothing and needed to be monitored like a child.
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan said. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.”
He didn’t, though. Instead, he kept his mouth shut but vowed to use his 2019 retirement as an “escape hatch,” because he couldn’t stand the thought of spending two more years working alongside one of the most successful Republican presidents in American history.
This revelation triggered anger from a startling number of left-wing personalities — many of them so-called “journalists” — who were exasperated by his unwillingness to stand up to the president:
Real story in moral courage from Paul Ryan here, admitting that Trump knew nothing, wouldn’t listen to reason, and that Ryan (after failing to reign him in) just up and quit to leave the rest of us to deal with the mess. https://t.co/Hr0n3BcPl4
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 11, 2019
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right…he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.”
Paul Ryan knew all of this, fell in line, did nothing, then ran away. https://t.co/9YDeRAQeoJ
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 11, 2019
Guess what! *Now* Paul Ryan, in an interview for a book, says @realDonaldTrump is a self-absorbed, know-nothing, moral miscreant who shouldn’t be president. Ryan is a true profile in courage. https://t.co/vrP1hDUw3T
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 11, 2019
Paul Ryan tells @TimAlberta the presidency is in worse shape now because there are no longer people like him to stop “knee-jerk” reactions. And, now out of office with no power, he says a lot more. https://t.co/iBHcbScnBh pic.twitter.com/q1QBIMFtFZ
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 11, 2019
Now that he’s safely out of office, former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan admits Trump “didn’t know anything about government” and claims he tried “to stop him from making bad decisions…all the time.”
Ryan is a coward, just like the rest of the GOP.https://t.co/MbvAlUyfvv
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 11, 2019
#BREAKING: Paul Ryan is still a man tragically born without a spine.
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) July 11, 2019
The excerpts also showed that, while Ryan remained mum for the two years he spent working with the president, now that he’s out of office he’s more than willing to talk trash.
“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” he said to Alberta of those aspects of the president’s behavior and rhetoric that he disliked. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”
Most Republicans appear to have dismissed these shortcomings of the president because they’re superseded by his long list of accomplishments. Ryan clearly feels otherwise.
Speaking with Alberta, the former House speaker also shared his fear that, without people like him pushing back on the president’s allegedly “bad decisions,” his presidency is getting worse.
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” he said. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
The latest “knee-jerk reaction” — one that was reportedly opposed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton — involved the president choosing to cancel a military strike on Iran. Because of this “knee-jerk” reaction, America was spared a potential war, while Iran was spared the deaths of up to 150 people.
According to Alberta, the president had a habit of referring to Ryan as a “f–king Boy Scout.”
Ironically, conservatives responding to the Post’s publication of the journalist’s excerpts also believe the former House speaker is a coward, albeit for different reasons.
They also think he’s a “swamp rat,” among other things (*LANGUAGE WARNING):
— Pablo Baez (@snukasuper) July 11, 2019
To WE the VAST MAJORITY of the PEOPLE, Paul Ryan is an establishment RINO SWAMP RAT; governed against will of people for his benefit & to detriment of USA! @SpeakerRyan was right about 1 thing; @POTUS Trump knew nothing about governing USA into a Marxist Nation & ALL ABOUT #MAGA pic.twitter.com/NP6vA880MF
— Nana Lynn (@lynnie5155) July 11, 2019
Funny, coming from a guy who’s been in DC 20 yrs, and has accomplished nothing. All the problems we face today are same problems we had back then. Swamp rats like @SpeakerRyan who get NOTHING DONE, need to go. We need more @realDonaldTrump s in office. @DonaldJTrumpJr #MAGA https://t.co/LGSN6nQJ4M
— Texas Todd 🇺🇸 👍 (@TXNativePatriot) July 11, 2019
So happy Paul Ryan is no longer in Congress. He was one of the biggest obstructors to the #MAGA agenda. Now he is trying to get good will again by writing a book trashing Trump? Sorry Paul not gonna work. We all hate you. #ThursdayThoughts https://t.co/xNoIJ4x6fC
— Frank Dinardo (@fjdinardo) July 11, 2019
While there’s some disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over what exactly Ryan is, it’s safe to assume that everybody can agree that he’s most definitely HATED.
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