Paul Ryan had little interest in continuing his political career when Donald Trump became president. The former Speaker of the House announced his retirement shortly after the 45th president was elected. He now acts as a consultant.
But Ryan is still a big name in Conservative circles. And he is clearly one of those Republicans who would like to see the party move on without Trump. He will soon host a fundraiser for anti-Trump congressman Adam Kinzinger. Ryan will also be making a speech at the Reagan Library where he is expected to slam Trump.
Punchbowl News got some excerpts from the coming speech. “Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads. And here’s one reality we have to face. If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere.”
Ryan will continue, “We win majorities by directing our loyalty and respect to voters, and by staying faithful to the conservative principles that unite us. This was true even when the person leading our movement was as impressive, polished, and agreeable as they come.”
The former Speaker plans on closing, “Culture matters, yes, but our party must be defined by more than a tussle over the latest grievance or perceived slight. We must not let them take priority over solutions – grounded in principle – to improve people’s lives.”
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