Paul Ryan has been out of elected life for a few months now and a new book sheds a bit of light on the former Speaker of the House’s sometimes rocky relationship with Donald Trump.
In the book, American Carnage, author Tim Albrerta writes that Ryan admits that Trump was clueless about how to run the country. A copy of the book was obtained and reviewed by the Washington Post in a report that ran on Thursday.
Ryan reportedly recalled, “I told myself I gotta have a relationship with [Trump] to help him get his mind right,” adding, “because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government.”
The former Wisconsin lawmaker even said, “I wanted to scold him all the time.”
And Ryan had broader criticisms of Trump and the way that the president is representing the American elected official, saying “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.”
The ‘horse face’ remark is a callback to a tweet in October of 2018 in which President Trump called adult film star Stephanie Clifford a “horse face.” Clifford — also known as ‘Stormy Daniels’ — was paid $130,000 by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to keep quiet about an alleged affair that she had with the president in 2006.
At another point in the book, Alberta writes that Ryan bemoans the loss of stable voices around the president, saying “those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions … we helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
Trump, who has fumed at some of his former allies-turned-critics in the past reportedly calls Ryan a “f***ing Boy Scout” in Alberta’s book.