President Trump was clearly irate when advanced quotes from a new book showed that former House Speaker Paul Ryan has a lot to say about him that isn’t particularly complimentary. While Ryan and Trump appeared to get along well (after a rocky start during the campaign), the Wisconsin native apparently had some not-so-nice feelings he was harboring about the president during their tenure together in Washington. He told author Tim Alberta that Trump was clueless when he got to the White House, and that he and other top Republicans were responsible for veering him away from many bad decisions.
Ryan also had much to say about the president’s character.
“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan said in American Carnage. “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.”
On Thursday, President Trump responded with a broadside on Twitter, lambasting the former speaker as a terrible fundraiser who left “his party in the lurch.” In remarks to the press a few hours later, Trump dismissed Ryan as a “baby” hardly worth mentioning.
On Saturday, however, the president felt that it was perhaps worth mentioning Ryan once more.
“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is a far superior leader than was Lame Duck Speaker Paul Ryan. Tougher, smarter and a far better fundraiser, Kevin is already closing in on 44 Million Dollars. Paul’s final year numbers were, according to Breitbart, ‘abysmal.'” Trump wrote.
“People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party. Weak, ineffective & stupid are not exactly the qualities that Republicans, or the CITIZENS of our Country, were looking for. Right now our spirit is at an all time high, far better than the Radical Left Dems. You’ll see next year!” Trump said in a subsequent tweet.
Trump finished it off by noting that he is at unprecedented levels of popularity within the GOP.
“94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, an all time high. Ronald Reagan was 87%. Thank you!” Trump wrote.