[COMMENTARY] Paul Ryan Attempts to Stay Relevant with Comments About Election, Fails
Everyone was enjoying forgetting about former Speaker of the House and fake marathon runner Paul Ryan when he resurfaced on Tuesday during a virtual appearance at Bank of America’s virtual European Credit Conference. Ryan, often a target for Donald Trump, addressed the 2020 election, President-elect Joe Biden, and what the next steps should be now that the Trump team has all but conceded by allowing the transition of power to finally move forward. Ryan said the “attacks on our voting system really need to stop, in my opinion.”
While something like that makes sense, and Ryan had more lucid moments, like when he said Trump’s lawyers are offering “baseless conspiracy theories,” Ryan also said a divided government would be more fruitful for Biden’s presidency, and then Twitter began rightfully dragging him to filth.
“I personally think it’s in Joe Biden’s best interest — he obviously would not want to hear this — for us to win these Georgia Senate seats, because then he really does have divided government and he really does have to work with both sides of the aisle and you won’t have the building pressure from the left to try and jam the other side,” Ryan said.
Biden had repeatedly promised to work with the other side throughout his campaign and also well into his transition, but Ryan, like his GOP colleague Marco Rubio, is more or less promising obstruction from a Republican Senate Majority.
Ryan continued, “Joe Biden knows how to work in divided government. He’s a good guy. He’s a very nice person. He keeps his word. Those of us who’ve worked with Joe, we disagree with each other but he’s not a disagreeable human being. So, he does know how to work in a divided government. He does put deals together, and that will be made much, much easier for him to operate like that and bring sides together if we truly have a divided government. If we don’t have a divided government and they narrowly get the Senate, then frankly I think he’s going to be a much less successful president. I know that’s sort of contrary to conventional wisdom, but that’s just how I feel.”
Twitter, of course, doesn’t really care how Paul Ryan feels.
PAUL RYAN on a Bank of America call today on trump and Biden. pic.twitter.com/LrtdJ67Af6
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 24, 2020
Paul Ryan was supposed to be the GOP's golden deficit hawk, but his career ended in shame when he was exposed as a fraud. He proved that debt/deficit hysteria is a scam Republicans use to prevent Democrats from spending. Nobody should care what he has to say.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 24, 2020
Like literally … who cares, @SpeakerRyan. Four years too late, and well after dude tucked those massive, gaudy and offensive tax cuts for the super rich into his wealthy friends' pockets. https://t.co/riE6obMMAb
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) November 24, 2020
Please go back into retirement, Paul Ryan. We hear you have a whole gym in your garage where you can hang out while Joe Biden doesn’t need your advice to run the country.