Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has sounded sharp warning to the GOP in a speech about the future. It argued that voters would have little patience for a party built on loyalty to former President Trump. He told the conservatives gathered at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley California Thursday night that they were at a crossroads.
“If conservatives are based on the appeal of one person’s populism or second imitation We’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leadership want to see independence and courage,” he said.
And there’s no doubt who he̵7;s talking about. Although he did not name Mr Trump. Ryan continued, “They won’t be impressed with the right eyes and flatterers who flock to Mar-a-Lago.”
Among the Republican politicians who spent time with Mr Trump at a Florida resort and stood by him openly was the household minority leader Kevin McCarthy. who succeeded Ryan as the top Republican congressman, when Ryan retired from the House of Commons in 2018.
Ryan, who had a conflict with Mr. Trump also expressed great disappointment with the way his president concluded. “It is horrifying to see the presidency come to such an embarrassing and disgraceful end,” he said.
But he named the former president in honor of the economic growth that occurred during his presidency. before the pandemic, and said, “Donald Trump brings a lot of new voters to our party on credit.”
Ryan’s speech kicks off a new series of Ronald Reagan Foundation and Presidential Institutions on the future of the Republican Party, its philosophies, and what to believe.
Ryan also criticized President Biden. In which he was accused of being a moderate in 2020, then “pursuing more leftist agendas than any president in my life,” and he insisted that Democrats train. “identity politics” where “everything has to do with race, gender and class”
Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report.