Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan isn’t certain that President Donald Trump can get re-elected in 2020.
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race,” Ryan said in an address in Vero Beach, Florida, as reported by TCPalm.com. “If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”
Ryan reportedly went on to say that Trump needs to focus on policy for re-election and that there are some Democrats in the race so far he believes are capable of beating Trump.
Ryan’s Monday address was one of the first public appearances the former House speaker has made since handing the gavel over to now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in January.
Ryan’s comments came the same day Pelosi told the Washington Post that she believed Trump to be “ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit” to be president.
But Pelosi ruled out impeachment, saying that the political fallout it would cause wouldn’t be worth it.
The House speaker is perhaps banking on a Democrat winning the 2020 election like Ryan predicted could happen.
While many Democratic candidates are trying to make new progressive policies the focus of their individual campaigns, they are also pushing back plenty on Trump’s personality.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said last month that she believes the president is a racist.
“I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” she said in an interview with The Root.
On Sunday, another candidate, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, referred to the Trump administration as the “porn star presidency” in a CNN town hall.