Paul Ryan Reportedly Took Aim at POTUS — Here’s Where Republicans Stand on His Criticism

House Republicans are reacting to the remarks from former House Speaker Paul Ryan after he reportedly criticized President Donald Trump.

In a new book, American Carnage by author Tim Alberta, set to release on Tuesday, the former speaker apparently slammed the president for not knowing “anything about government,” according to The Washington Post, who received excerpts of the book.

Ryan, retiring from Congress ahead of the 2018 midterm election, claimed Trump had to be stopped “from making bad decisions.”

“We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was,” he said. “Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

The president didn’t miss a beat when he fired back on Twitter on Friday, knocking Ryan as having an “atrocious” record and who “ultimately became a long running lame duck failure.”

“Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!” Trump said.

Trump doubled down on his criticism of Ryan, telling reporters outside of the White House on Friday.

“Paul Ryan was a terrible Speaker frankly. He was a baby,” he said. “He didn’t know what the hell he was doing.”

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Ryan’s criticism of Trump has House Republican lawmakers responding.

A Republican lawmaker who worked with Ryan while he was in the House told The Hill the former speaker’s remarks are “a little bit of revisionist history.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Ryan’s “advice typically served to push the president in a direction that would make the swamp happy but most of the people who voted for Donald Trump unhappy,” according to The Hill.

He added, “The Speaker missed the real reason why the president consistently enjoyed higher approval ratings than anyone in Republican leadership.”

Additionally, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) — who recently announced he was leaving the Republican Party on July 4 and has been a lone wolf in calling for the president’s impeachment — called the former speaker one of Trump’s “biggest enablers.”

In response to Ryan’s comments in the upcoming book, his spokesperson said, “He’s been very clear that he retired because he wanted to spend more time being a father and a husband.”


  1. Yes, Pittsburgh has a football team that won 6 Super Bowls Never heard of Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Lynn Swan, Jack Lambert?? No matter. WHAT is with your obsession with what I plan to do in April of 2020?? Are you on life support or given a diagnosis of a terminal illness? WHY would I select a candidate in 2019 when I do not vote until April 28, 2020? PA has CLOSED primaries, so I will be voting as a registered Democrat and FOR a registered Democrat.—- a registered Democratic Socialist is NOT a registered Democrat. So you can eliminate Bernie from the list. You can eliminate a few others based on my search for a candidate with a plan to MAKE AMERICA SANE AGAIN. —

  2. In reply to Phil because IJR.

    Yes, by all means conclude I’m an elder god of chaos and doom who lies sleeping in R’lyeh.

    Pittburgh has a football team? No matter.

    You still haven’t said who you favor in the 2020 Dimocratic Thunderdome. I know it’s a hard choice.

  3. Paul was mitts running mate what do expect. He doesn’t like trump.

  4. Fave it folks, Ryan is nothing more than a Leftist RINO.

  5. Trump 1 Ryan 0 and no points for the swamp.

  6. Retired no doubt, he couldn’t HACK the way TRUMP WAS MAKING PROGRESS against RYAN’S DEEP STATE SUCK HOLES!

  7. He was part of the swamp, and the swamp truly needs draining!!!!

  8. a total disaster a koch brothers and chamber of comerce toady

  9. The facts are he was going to be tossed and saw the writing on the wall. Ryan was a real loser and puppet of the swamp people. Hope he enjoy making lobby money off the problem he could have stopped.

  10. If he does as poor a job of being “a father and a husband” as he did as speaker and republican his family will be coming apart any minute.
    He retired because he would have lost in a laandslide and he could keep all the re-election money he had collected as personal income.
    He was, is and always will be a whiny loser who should have remained under the rock he crawled back under in 2018.

  11. Ryan is and always was a RINO. His wife is a Democrat who sat on many committees to destroy Trump! He is a huge “STAIN” and have NO clue WHY he was ever Speaker of the HOUSE!….

    1. What is your definition of RINO? Is it someone who supports what R’s did from 2009-2017? Or someone who supports increasing the deficit in a good economy, tariffs–not free trade, separation of families–not family values, Trump amoral values—not Christian values, unbalanced budgets–not balanced budgets, POTUS immunity for legal infractions—not Law and Order? It is difficult to ascertain exactly what a Republican is today. If a RINO is someone who has not taken an oath of loyalty to Trump, then your post makes perfect sense.

  12. In reply to the demented ranting of Phyllis (not just because of IJR)

    So Phil*, which candidate are you supporting?

    You and the General share one thing in common. You badmouth but say nothing about your own commitments. Of course, lack of commitment is a trait of the entire Leftist side.

    Who are you supporting and why? I’m guessing the never-was Gropin’ Joe, based on your posts.

    *I call you Phil under the assumption that you’re a frustrated TDS transgender. Your icon shows a MALE wearing a football jersey (I can’t ID the team but they are probably losers)

    1. LOL…. The team you do not recognize is the Pittsburgh Steelers. 6 Super Bowl wins hardly makes them losers, but their last SB win was in 2009. Winners or loser, they are still my team. The male in my FB pic is my great-nephew. He was PA State Heavy Weight Wrestling Champ in 2017. He is now 21 and in college on an athletic scholarship. Since you perceive I am my FB icon, should we conclude YOU are yours?

  13. “spending time with my family” is the lame excuse for EVERY disgraced politician. Really. It’s almost subtitled “I’m a loser and here’s my feeble excuse.”

    And Ryan WAS a loser. Also a traitor to those who voted for him. He came in as a Tea Party wunderkind, but immediately became part of the swamp. I’ve already commented on the need to vet any and all party candidates.

    We are at a point where we seriously must consider the proven effectiveness of old techniques. Vlad the Impaler had zero issues with illegal border crossings. The old German breaking on the wheel had zero recidivism. Shariah law (when not bride burning, practicing FGM, or executing gays) maimed, branded, or outright killed thieves and criminals. Even the Commies executed dissidents (as well as many others).

    I’d take hostages to assure political integrity. Why not? they live in the voting districts (or shoud). It worked for thousands of years. The Romans assassinated traitors and rivals. We’ve gotten too damn soft and our ineffectiveness shows it.

    Prove me and history, multicultural at that, wrong.

    1. You spend way too much time here to not be a paid troll. Who holds the purse?

    2. Whoa!
      You liberal you!
      Wanting to bring cultural diversity to the political arena… political “coliseum”?
      Very liberal trait, you know.

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