Paul Ryan Clarifies After Appearing to Question Trump’s 2020 Chances: ‘His Record’ Is ‘Why He’ll Win’

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Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) clarified his comments from his Monday lecture in Vero Beach, Florida about President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects on Tuesday, saying that Republicans win “elections when they’re about ideas not when they’re personality contests” and that the president’s “record of accomplishment” is “why he’ll win.”

The former speaker took to Twitter to clear up comments he made regarding the president’s chances at re-election while speaking during Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lecturer Series.

He went on to say, “We’re clearly better off because of [President Trump]. His record of accomplishment is why he’ll win re-election especially when compared to Dems’ leftward lurch.”

Ryan had initially said during his Florida address that the president would not win the presidential election in 2020 if it was “about Donald Trump and his personality,” as IJR Blue previously reported.

“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”

His comment caught the ire of the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., who called Ryan’s words “pretty rich” in a Tuesday afternoon tweet. The president’s son pointed out that “the speaker who lied to us and didn’t deliver on Wall funding” wanted to give “advice on winning.” Trump, Jr. also brought up Ryan’s unsuccessful vice presidential run as Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) 2012 running mate.

Ryan retired from Congress in January after serving as Speaker of the House from 2015 until current-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) retook the position.

President Trump is facing a growing Democratic 2020 primary field featuring many prominent names, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

While no Republican primary challengers have declared their formal candidacy against the president,— former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced in February that he had formed a 2020 presidential exploratory committee but has not yet announced a challenge — a recent Iowa poll showed that 40 percent of the state’s registered Republicans hoped to see a Republican primary challenger.

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The Dems haven’t just gone in a “leftward lurch”; they’ve cranked up their clown car and put the pedal to the metal. The Dems have gone full blown Socialist with some of the craziest ideas ever invented inside a human cranium by delusional individuals. It’s unbelievable the amount of unfiltered… Read more »

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Free shit is the ultimate crack to the Left, so long as someone else is paying. Ryan and other RINO pretenders should be extremely vetted. q.v. the Dim litmus tests on abortion, open borders, consuming hatred of Trump etc. Let’s not forget the most important: hatred of America and its… Read more »

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