Former House Speaker Paul Ryan took aim at former President Trump and his supporters in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday, Ryan went on to call Trump’s presidency ‘dishonorable and disgraceful.’
As The Hill reports:
“Even worse, it was horrifying to see a presidency come to such a dishonorable and disgraceful end,” Ryan said, adding that the 2020 elections had left Republicans “powerless” in Washington.
Ryan predicted that voters in 2022 and beyond “will not be impressed by the sight of yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago,” likely citing the host of Republican lawmakers and GOP operatives who have visited Trump at his Florida resort since he left office in January.
The Wisconsin Republican also pointed to “fiascos” of Trump’s “own making,” including his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan, however, he also gave Trump credit for attracting new voters to the Republican party.
“Look, to his credit, Donald Trump brought many new voters into our party, and we want them to stay,” Ryan said. “He’s a former president now, but the issues and values that held so many Republican voters and turned so many Democrats into Republicans — those issues and values still matter.”
Ryan, who was also a failed Vice-Presidential candidate in 2012, has been out of the spotlight for years and is considered almost entirely irrelevant to most political observers.