President Donald Trump, likely reeling from comments made by former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, lashed out at him on Twitter Thursday evening.
It was revealed this week, through excerpts of a book called “American Carnage” due out next week, that Ryan had made many disparaging remarks about Trump to the book’s author, Tim Alberta.
“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan is quoted as saying in the book, per a previous report from HillReporter.com. “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.”
Ryan also lamented how his relationship with Trump, as president, was quite toxic, and how it was necessary for him to serve as his handler at times in order to get things done in Washington.
“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.”
Trump didn’t make any mention of Ryan’s comments in his criticisms late on Thursday, but it seemed clear that he was responding to those remarks.
In a series of three tweets, the president spoke out against Ryan.
“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader,” Trump wrote.
Trump also claimed to be omniscient, saying he knew straight away that Ryan, who was picked by former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be his running mate, had doomed that campaign from the start.
“When Mitt chose Paul I told people that’s the end of that Presidential run,” Trump explained.
The president also said Ryan “quit Congress because he didn’t know how to win,” and that “poor leadership and bad timing” when he had a majority in Congress led to his downfall.
Ryan “never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us,” Trump added. “Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”
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